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Merkel and Cameron Discuss European Union

June 11th, 2014
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News from Berlin - David Cameron, Angela Merkel and the first Dutch and Swedish ministers, Mark Rutte and Fredrik Reinfeldt, met on a barque on Monday night and went on a little boat trip. This marked the beginning of their mini-summit in Harpsund, Sweden.

These four Conservative leaders seek to put their positions closer before the summit of the European Union on June 26th and 27th, especially concerning the name of the next president of the European Commission.

Merkel on Tuesday reaffirmed her support for the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The other three participants to this mini-summit of European leaders remained silent about their opposition to the Luxembourgish politician, saying they had discussed matters regarding "content" and not people.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced he had reached an agreement with his German, Swedish and Dutch counterparts "to combat the abuse of freedom of movement" within the European Union. « It is right that people should be able to move across Europe to work, but they should not be able to free-ride on the back of welfare systems. » said David Cameron.

However, he did not specify what form this cooperation might take, what were the concerned abuses or who was taking advantage of the European "freedom of movement".

News from Berlin – Berlin Global.