Germany: the EU needs a strong UK

We need to change the political shape of the EU in keeping with the times, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

We need to change the political shape of the EU in keeping with the times, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

LONDON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that those who are expecting a 'fundamental reform of the European architecture for Britain' will be disappointed, while addressing the UK parliament on Thursday.

However the German Chancellor did hint at partial reform, she said: “"we need to change the political shape of the EU in keeping with the times.”

The German Chancellor spoke of terrorism, both at home and abroad, saying: “We must fight terrorism and violence day by day” adding,” We need to stand up resolutely against extremists in Europe."

Merkel said that the EU faces economic challenges; although Europe has a share of 25% of the global economy, the World Trade Organization estimates that 90% of growth over next five years will be generated outside the European Union.

Demonstrating the importance of the UK’s continued membership of the EU, Merkel said: “We need a strong UK, with a strong voice inside the European Union,”

"We have to tackle the great challenges of our time together; we must make the EU a better place. I see Britain as an important ally in this endeavor,” she added.

She spoke first in English, then in German and finished with English. Her speech was met with applause from the three party leaders as well as MPs.

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