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Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron

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Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron
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07:04 CEST+02:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first world leaders to congratulate Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron via telephone on Tuesday night and has invited him for a visit to Berlin.

Merkel and the new leader agreed on Tuesday evening to work closely on international issues, Merkel's spokesperson Ulrich Wilhelm said.

The Conservative Party leader took over as British leader on Tuesday, ending 13 years of Labour Party rule, after he forged a coalition agreement with the Liberal Democrats. Last week's inconclusive election results mean Cameron's administration will be the first coalition government in the United Kingdom in the modern era.

At 43, Cameron will also be the youngest prime minister Britain has seen since 1812.

Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg will serve as deputy prime minister, the first leadership position in his party's history.

"We have some deep and pressing problems – a huge deficit, deep social problems, a political system in need of reform," Cameron said according to news agency AP. "For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats."

The new coalition took the unprecedented step of agreeing to a five-year parliamentary term and also plans to reform the country's electoral system.

"We are going to form a new government – more importantly, we are going to form a new kind of government," Clegg said.

But Clegg's predominately pro-EU party could clash with Cameron's Eurosceptic Tories on many European issues, potentially setting up conflict with Berlin and other EU members.

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