Germany needs Britain in Europe to make EU economy work

British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have common goals (photo:dpa)
British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have common goals (photo:dpa)

Britain’s active membership of the European Union is vital for the benefit of the UK, Germany and Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel realises that is the only way to make Europe’s economy more nimble and competitive. She is willing to cut a deal with British Prime Minister David Cameron but both leaders have their work cut out to deliver such a result

<i>British Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to a referendum on EU membership makes it difficult for the UK to influence the shaping of the EU. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the UK to remain in as a counterweight to other member states’ free-spending habits and their resistance to reform. She and Mr Cameron...

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