• Germany's news in English

Cameron and family to stay with Merkel

The Local · 12 Apr 2013, 15:59

Published: 12 Apr 2013 11:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Apr 2013 15:59 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Cameron, who cut short a trip to Spain and France on Monday after the death of former premier Margaret Thatcher, will be accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children, his Downing Street office said.

A spokesman for Merkel said the rare reception at an elegant 18th century government guest house some 80 kilometres north of Berlin was intended to underline that the visit was "perhaps not just pure routine."

Both sides said the leaders would discuss European Union reform, as well as the forthcoming G8 summit in June hosted by Britain and the bloodshed in Syria.

"It is part of the ongoing strong, very good working relationship that the prime minister and the German chancellor have," Cameron's spokesman said.

Merkel's spokesman said she, her publicity-shy husband Joachim Sauer and the Camerons would have dinner on Friday and stay at the manor house in Meseberg overnight, with the leaders to hold further talks on Saturday.

Cameron alarmed fellow EU leaders in January when he set out plans to wrest back powers from Brussels, and to then put Britain's reshaped membership to an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

In an interview with five European newspapers that was published on Monday, Cameron called on the EU to bring in "change that all of Europe can benefit from" including on competitiveness and spending.

But the British premier also said he believed that treaty change in the 27-member EU would be necessary in future – something that European leaders already bogged down in the eurozone crisis are keen to avoid.

However Merkel's decision to roll out the red carpet for the Camerons underlines her view that Britain is a crucial member of the EU and must be encouraged to maintain its engagement in the bloc.

"It is a meeting linked to numerous, highly intensive, good discussions that the chancellor has had with Prime Minister Cameron," Seibert told a regular media briefing, noting that Merkel and Sauer had been guests in 2011 at Chequers, the British prime minister's country retreat.

"The contacts are extremely intensive, reflecting our close friendship and partnership with Britain... For us, Britain is an important and indispensable partner in Europe."

When asked whether Merkel and Cameron would discuss calls to do more to fight tax fraud and evasion, Seibert said "Germany and Britain are pursuing similar goals in this area" and that the issue would be covered in their talks.

Downing Street said it was trying to reschedule a meeting with French President Francois Hollande that he cancelled after Thatcher's death. Cameron also cut short a visit to Madrid on Monday that included talks with premier Mariano Rajoy.


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
VW bosses forced to pay back private jet costs

Bosses at troubled German auto giant Volkswagen have been forced to pay the company back millions of euros for flights on its private jets, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday.

Germany arrests Marxist militant 'leader'
Photo: Julian Stratenschulte / DPA / AFP file picture

A radical Marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday.

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape
Photo: Hendrik Schmidt / DPA / AFP file picture

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

Nazi POW leaves estate to 'kind' Scottish village
The former German soldier stayed on to work in the Perthshire village for a time after the war. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP file picture

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire estate in his will to a small village in Scotland to show his appreciation for the kindness he received there during his captivity.

US tries to block Chinese purchase of Aixtron
Photo: Oliver Berg / DPA / AFP

US President Barack Obama on Friday moved to block a Chinese company's purchase of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron by rejecting the inclusion of Aixtron's US business in the deal.

Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress
Photo: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.

Berlin vs Munich: whose newborn polar bear is cuter?
Berlin's (left) and Munich's (right) newborn bears. Photos: Tierpark Berlin / DPA

Both city zoos welcomed baby polar bears into the world in November, with Berlin zoo its releasing first photos on Friday. But which one is more adorable?

Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon
Dirty Harry. Photo: DPA

We all agree that there is no other option than to learn irregular German verbs by rote. But when you want a bit of downtime, why not learn from your big screen heroes?

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found: police
The entrance to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Photo: DPA

An iron gate from the former Nazi concentration camp in Germany's Dachau with the slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") has been found two years after it was stolen, police said Friday.

Mystery flight path artist draws new message in sky
Photo: DPA

A pilot who likes to draw patterns in the sky using his flight path has returned with his greatest artwork yet.

10 German Christmas cookies you have to bake this winter
Sponsored Article
The key to launching your international career
Our 10-step guide for doing Christmas just like a German
Here's why so many Germans vote for the far-right AfD
7 events in Germany that'll make December unforgettable
7 frosty German sayings to make you a winter wordsmith
This is how unequal German society has become
Six things you should know about the Lufthansa strike
9 ways living in Germany will make you a better person
These 10 German Christmas markets cannot be missed
8 German words that unlock amazing secrets in English
10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations
7 things Germans do that make foreigners feel awkward
Why Donald Trump's grandad was booted out of Germany
This is what is really inside your Döner kebab
Rejoice! Christmas markets start opening across Germany
These German universities are best at landing you a job
Why Heidelberg is Germany's most inspiring city
This soppy German Christmas ad will bring you to tears
Here's where Germans speak the best (and worst) English
10 German books you have to read before you die
U-Bahn train found filled with autumn foliage in Berlin
Seven German words that unlock amazing secrets about English
Germany's ten most beautiful towns you've never visited
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd