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Merkel: We need to reform political shape of Europe

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We need to reform the political shape of Europe in keeping with the times, she says.

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Talking about freedom of movement, she says 'we need to acknowledge mistakes and tackle them'. But no indication as to what that means.

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Hint of reform on freedom of movement the only carrot I can see for Cameron so far.

Merkel blames Germany for both World Wars

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Very generous speech from Merkel. What would have happened to Europe if the UK had not stood up for freedom, sometimes alone, she says.

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And she notably seems to blame the Germans for the First World War, as well as the second.

Angela Merkel also repeated Winston Churchill's famous quote: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

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Merkel to 'disappoint' Brits wanting sweeping EU reform

German leader Angela Merkel told Westminster Hall that those expecting fundamental reform of Britain's EU membership were "in for bitter disappointment."

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Merkel jokes: People who want me to pave the way for a the UK's fundamental reform are "in for bitter disappointment" Take note Mr Cameron!

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She is addressing expectations. I am caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, she says.

Angela Merkel to address parliament and visit Queen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address parliament and have tea with the Queen in a high-profile visit to London today where she is expected to indicate her support for Britain staying in the European Union.

Angela Merkel is expected to say how much Germany wants Britain to remain as part of the EU. Credit: PA Wire

Merkel's support is seen as crucial to David Cameron's aims to reform the country's relationship with the EU.

The Prime Minister has promised to renegotiate the UK's membership and hold an in-out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives win the general election next year.

The German Chancellor will also hold meetings with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

Putin and Merkel discuss Ukraine situation in phone call

Russia's President Putin and the German Chancellor Merkel held a phone conversation to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin has said.

"They underscored their joint interest in a stable Ukraine - both in economic and political terms," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement, adding they had agreed to stay in close contact.

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