Merkel wants to avoid 'Brexit' but won't compromise core EU principles

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel makes a closing statement during the second day of the CDU party congress in Karlsruhe, Germany December 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel makes a closing remark right through the 2d day of the CDU party congress in Karlsruhe, Germany December 15, 2015.

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach


Germany needs to succeed in a deal to keep Britain in the European Union but can’t compromise the 28-member bloc’s core principles, Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned on Wednesday beforehand of an european summit.

“On the one hand, we want to reach an settlement with which the British govt can efficiently marketing campaign, in the coming near near referendum, to remain in the European Union,” she instructed the Bundestag decrease home of parliament.

“Alternatively, we do not wish to, and we will not, call into question the core rules of European integration. These embrace particularly the theory of free motion and the idea of non-discrimination between European electorate.”

(Reporting via Noah Barkin)

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