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Germany: We'll keep UK in EU

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Germany: We'll keep UK in EU
Schäuble and Merkel Photo: DPA
09:14 CEST+02:00
Germany's finance minister has pledged to keep the UK in the EU following a damaging defeat for Britain over the appointment of the EU Commission president which pushed the UK closer to the exit door.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron only managed to find Hungary as an ally in his bid to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming Commission president on Friday, as his allies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands deserted him.

The move has made a British exit of the EU more likely, but in an interview with the UK's Financial Times on Sunday, Germany’s powerful finance minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, Wolfgang Schäuble, said Britain leaving the 28-country bloc was “unimaginable”. 

He said: “Historically, politically, democratically, culturally, Britain is entirely indispensable for Europe”.

Schäuble added that London was “by a great distance” one of the most important financial centres in the world.

Cameron needs German support to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU before a promised referendum on the UK's membership in 2017. 

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