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Germany: PM Cameron touts relationship with Berlin amid EU reform campaign02:49

Germany: PM Cameron touts relationship with Berlin amid EU reform campaign

Germany, Wildbad Kreuth
January 7, 2016 at 14:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

British Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for Germany's support in terms of the UK's desired reforms with regard to the European Union (EU), as he arrived at the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth to meet with the Christian Social Union (CSU) leaders on Thursday.

Speaking to the press, joined by CSU parliamentary leader Gerda Hasselfeldt, Cameron stated "The relationship between Britain and Germany is so strong and so important. We look at the world in so many of the same ways," adding "My aim is very clear: I would like to secure the future of Britain in a reformed European Union."

Cameron went on to explain that there are issues to be dealt with in the so-called Brexit discussion, like "making sure that we are in Europe for cooperation and to work together, but we are not part of ever deepening political union." He added that he wants to make sure "that Europe is adding to the competitiveness of countries like Britain and indeed Germany, rather than holding back our competitiveness."

Cameron underlined once again, that some things are non-negotiable, like "joining the Euro, the currency that many have in the European Union, not being part of the Schengen no borders agreement." He went on to emphasise the fact that "we will keep our own borders in Britain and strengthen those borders."

As a preparation for his Germany visit, Cameron wrote a letter to the German newspaper BILD, mentioning that "support for our membership has declined over many years, so I am negotiating changes which will address the concerns of the British people." He went on to appeal to the German reader in the article, saying: "but these changes will benefit the EU too, and Germany can help deliver them."

Germany: PM Cameron touts relationship with Berlin amid EU reform campaign02:49
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British Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for Germany's support in terms of the UK's desired reforms with regard to the European Union (EU), as he arrived at the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth to meet with the Christian Social Union (CSU) leaders on Thursday.

Speaking to the press, joined by CSU parliamentary leader Gerda Hasselfeldt, Cameron stated "The relationship between Britain and Germany is so strong and so important. We look at the world in so many of the same ways," adding "My aim is very clear: I would like to secure the future of Britain in a reformed European Union."

Cameron went on to explain that there are issues to be dealt with in the so-called Brexit discussion, like "making sure that we are in Europe for cooperation and to work together, but we are not part of ever deepening political union." He added that he wants to make sure "that Europe is adding to the competitiveness of countries like Britain and indeed Germany, rather than holding back our competitiveness."

Cameron underlined once again, that some things are non-negotiable, like "joining the Euro, the currency that many have in the European Union, not being part of the Schengen no borders agreement." He went on to emphasise the fact that "we will keep our own borders in Britain and strengthen those borders."

As a preparation for his Germany visit, Cameron wrote a letter to the German newspaper BILD, mentioning that "support for our membership has declined over many years, so I am negotiating changes which will address the concerns of the British people." He went on to appeal to the German reader in the article, saying: "but these changes will benefit the EU too, and Germany can help deliver them."