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Family time for Merkel and Cameron at castle outside Berlin

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 00:48

April 12 - Spouses join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron at a government guest house north of Berlin. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted David Cameron and his wife and children at a castle outside Berlin on Friday in a rare family get-together that she may hope will create the right mood to heal a growing rift between Britain and Europe. Cameron, who warned this week that British support for the EU was "wafer thin", will spend the weekend with Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer at Schloss Meseberg northwest of Berlin accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert was unable to recall any previous time that Merkel has hosted a leader's children. She and Sauer have no children together. Merkel, 58, tends to keep her personal life private, rarely appearing with Sauer in public, though they were photographed in bathing suits on an Easter break in Italy. Cameron said in an interview for several European media this week there was little support in Britain for an EU bureaucracy that he said "sometimes overreached itself" and needed reform. Merkel's reaction to Cameron's speech in January setting out his plans on Europe was more restrained than that of some other EU leaders and she has been careful to stress that Britain is an important German ally, especially on free trade issues.

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Family time for Merkel and Cameron at castle outside Berlin

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 00:48