Merkel Calls Cameron as French Round on Britain

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Merkel Calls Cameron as French Round on Britain


Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

GERMANY'S Angela Merkel today moved to build bridges with David Cameron as France launched a new attack on Britain.

The powerful Berlin leader called the Prime Minister in his constituency for their first talks since he used the veto last week.

British officials were pleased with the call, which they believe shows Mr Cameron's hardball tactics have paid off. However, France's finance minister went on the attack today. "The economic situation of the UK is very worrying, and one prefers to be French than British in terms of the economy at the moment," Francois Baroin said on French radio station Europe 1. His comments, coming on top of remarks by prime minister Francois Fillon and central bank chief Christian Noyer, appeared to be a co-ordinated attempt to talk down the British economy.

Mrs Merkel told Mr Cameron, who was at home during the call, that she welcomed that Britain had secured the right to take part in new talks on the eurozone treaty.

She assured him the treaty would focus on rules to keep eurozone countries out of excessive debt. …

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