LONDON Feb 27 Germany wants a strong United
Kingdom with a strong voice inside the European Union to help
bring about the reforms needed to strengthen the 28-member bloc,
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
After a short introduction in English, Merkel switched to
German to tell lawmakers from both houses of the British
parliament that Britain was an important ally that could help
build a strong and competitive European Union.
"United and determined we can serve as a model for other
regions of the world. This and nothing less than this, should be
our common goal, I regard it as the task of for our generation,"
she said through a translator.
"In order to attain this goal, we need a strong United
Kingdom with a strong voice inside the European Union. If we
have that we will be able to make the necessary changes for the
benefit of all."
Merkel said a Europe without borders was a great achievement
but added that Europe should muster the courage to speak out
against abuses and tackle problems.