Merkel to Queen: It's my duty to have busy days

German chancellor Angela Merkel met the Queen at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.

"You've had a very busy day," the Queen said.

"Yes but it's my duty to have busy days," Mrs Merkel replied.

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Merkel: Need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told MPs and peers in Westminster that "we need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the European Union." She also said Europe's politicians must be guided by the need for the EU to constantly change and reform.