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Germany: Merkel wants maximum security guarantees for EU citizens in Britain02:21

Germany: Merkel wants maximum security guarantees for EU citizens in Britain

Germany, Brussels
June 22, 2017 at 20:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she supports the idea of giving "a high degree of security" to EU citizens residing in the UK, during a press conference at the European Council in Brussels, Thursday.

"As a tendency, I am for security guarantees that go as far as possible for EU citizens," said Merkel. Although the German chancellor pointed out that she can "neither anticipate the discussion nor the negotiation" that European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will lead, she added that "anything that gives a high degree of security to those who reside in the UK or [those] who want to reside in the future in the UK, during the phase in which the UK is still a [EU] member, is of course of great use."

During the press conference Merkel also spoke about internal security, stating that EU countries will analyse what sort of technologies they need "to be able to follow the communication among terrorists," and "must work together with the Internet providers" in order to set up an industry fund" for them to "follow the latest technical developments."

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she supports the idea of giving "a high degree of security" to EU citizens residing in the UK, during a press conference at the European Council in Brussels, Thursday.

"As a tendency, I am for security guarantees that go as far as possible for EU citizens," said Merkel. Although the German chancellor pointed out that she can "neither anticipate the discussion nor the negotiation" that European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will lead, she added that "anything that gives a high degree of security to those who reside in the UK or [those] who want to reside in the future in the UK, during the phase in which the UK is still a [EU] member, is of course of great use."

During the press conference Merkel also spoke about internal security, stating that EU countries will analyse what sort of technologies they need "to be able to follow the communication among terrorists," and "must work together with the Internet providers" in order to set up an industry fund" for them to "follow the latest technical developments."

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