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EUobserver / Merkel in veiled attack against UK Tories ahead of elections

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (10 May) made an indirect attack on Britain's main opposition Conservative Party, which is currently leading in the polls ahead of the local and European elections in the UK.

"We refuse to stretch out our hand to those who oppose the Lisbon Treaty... that allows the entry of new members [in the EU], but who at the same time talk about enlargement," Ms Merkel said in Berlin at a campaign meeting for the June European elections attended by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

"France admires you... France wants to resemble you in [your] excellence," Mr Sarkozy (l) told his German audience

"Those who want more [Europe] must cooperate," she told young politicians from her conservative CDU party.

Ms Merkel did not specify to whom her comments were addressed, but they were largely understood as targeting the British Conservatives and their leader, David Cameron.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:17:20 PM EST
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Why stop with the tories ? Labour are no friends of the EU either.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 04:57:49 PM EST
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i guess it may be a good thing for progressives if the right doesn't get on with another right party in europe...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue May 12th, 2009 at 07:18:44 AM EST
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