Cameron and Merkel on 'need to make Europe more competitive'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer welcome Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer welcome Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha. Credit: Fabrizio Bensch/DPA/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister and German Chancellor Merkel held talks this morning with their respective teams at the Chancellor's guest residence in Meseberg.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"On the EU, the PM set out his approach to European reform, following on from his speech in January. They agreed on the urgent need to make Europe more competitive and flexible and talked about ways to achieve this.

"They both want to see faster progress on trade deals between the EU and the rest of the world. And they agreed that the EU should be prepared to put an ambitious offer on the table for EU-US negotiations which we want to get underway this summer."

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David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to work together to make the EU more competitive and flexible, Downing Street has said.