• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Ex-chancellor: Britain a problem within EU

AFP · 8 Nov 2013, 09:09

Published: 08 Nov 2013 09:09 GMT+01:00

Britain would do its utmost to block any attempts to bring the 28-member European union closer together, as that would imply handing over more powers to Brussels, said the former chancellor on Thursday

"The EU's political structure cannot remain static," Schröder told an economic forum in Bregenz, in western Austria.

"We need... to press ahead with Europe's political unity, towards a kind of European federation," he urged.

Among other moves, the 28-member European Union needed to appoint a single EU finance minister who would have the power to discipline states which failed to obey the rules, such as during the recent debt crisis.

Schröder warned however: "The problem has a name, and that's Britain. As long as the British block these moves, nothing will happen."

"The failure to implement steps that were decided four years ago by the G-20 in Pittsburgh to restrain the financial sector, has much to do with the City of London," he went on.

"Those who are willing to have more integration should not be bound by those who aren't."

Schröder also called for Turkey to be admitted to the EU and for a closer partnership with Russia, if Europe wants to compete economically with the US and a rising China.

Story continues below…

"Europe needs Russia's resources, and our economies needs its market," he said.

READ MORE: UK woos Germany in EU red tape battle

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Towns hire 'rubbish scouts' to keep summer BBQs tidy
Photo: DPA

Towns and cities across Germany are tooling up for the summer, with many hiring extra staff to pounce on people sullying parks with barbecue rubbish.

Video
Tourist terror as iconic Berlin balloon thrashed by winds
The Die Welt balloon swaying in the wind. Photo: DPA

Sightseers in the German capital feared for their lives on Tuesday afternoon when the "Die Welt" balloon swayed out of control in strong winds.

Erdogan poem affair
Merkel ‘filleted me and served me to Erdogan for tea’
Jan Böhmermann. Photo: DPA

The German comedian behind a “smear poem” which outraged Turkey and unleashed hot-tempered debate on freedom of speech across Europe has spoken for the first time since the affair - and he had sharp words for the Chancellor.

'Sharia police' members to face trial in Düsseldorf
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

The 'Sharia police', a group that patrolled a western German town chastising people for not adhering to Islamic law, are to go on trial.

Germany set to legalise medicinal cannabis
Photo: DPA

Germany is to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes early next year, the health minister said on Tuesday.

Germany's first Isis war crimes trial starts in Frankfurt
Photo: DPA

A German jihadist suspect went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict.

Pegida leader found guilty of inciting hatred
Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA

Lutz Bachmann, the head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, was found guilty by a Dresden court on Tuesday of inciting hatred.

Police: 'house of horrors' pair tortured, killed 2 women
Investigators search the crime scene. Photo: DPA

A German couple lured women to their village home with personal contact ads, then trapped, tortured and killed at least two of them, authorities said Tuesday.

Police catch 3-year-old joyriding in mother’s car
"You looking at me?" Photo: PublicDomainPictures

When police in western Germany stopped a car which was swerving across the road on Monday, they couldn't believe their eyes at the sight of the driver.

20 years of remembering the Holocaust on German streets
Stolpersteine. Photo: DPA

20 years ago today, on May 3rd 1996, the first Stolpersteine - brass plaques laid in the street to remember Holocaust victims - were laid in Berlin. They have now spread all across Europe.

Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
Culture
The 6 German words you need to know for spring
Sponsored Article
Becoming an expat: where to start
Culture
6 weird and wonderful ways Germans celebrate May 1st
Gallery
Feast your eyes on Germany in springtime bloom
Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
National
4/20: Five things to know about weed in Germany
Berlin
Police break up hipster swarm at vegan restaurant opening
Politics
Merkel allows Erdogan case against German satirist to go ahead
Travel
7 of Germany's most jaw-dropping national parks
Hamburg
Gay penguins move to Hamburg to settle down
Business & Money
See-through €5 coin has collectors lining up
Health
Vegan hemp powder recalled over fear toddlers getting high
International
6 ways Mexico and Germany are secretly the best of friends
Munich
Drunk man falls onto tracks, 3 trains pass before anyone notices
Culture
The 7 most German things that happened at the 'German Grammys'
National
Could Germany ban diesel cars from city centres?
Travel
Eight things you never knew about the German Autobahn
Society
Police force naked driver to trek to brothel on foot
National
Bavarian town finally strips Hitler of honorary citizenship
Society
Brandenburg faces wrath of Flying Spaghetti Monster
International
German retiree 'fed to dog' by Russian wife in Mallorca
National
Ordinary Germans toast love online in face of Brussels bombings
National
Germany calls for "strength in unity" after Brussels bombings
7,791
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd