Chancellor Merkel: United Kingdom is natural allyStaff writer ▼ | December 17, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that she would back Prime Minister David Cameron in his reforms on Britain's membership in the EU.
Brexit Great Britain contributes significantly to the EU
"Great Britain is, for me, a country that in many European policy areas pursues similar goals to us in Germany. It is on many questions a natural ally," Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, according to Reuters.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is renegotiating the terms of Britain's EU ties ahead of a referendum on its membership which he promised would be held by the end of 2017. The Prime Minister has expressed his desire for the Britain to remain in the EU but wants changes on policy including a crackdown on benefits to migrants.
Merkel said Britain is vital to supporting Europe's economy but said reaching a deal on Cameron's reforms would be "very challenging".
"As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Great Britain contributes significantly to the European Union's importance in the world," she said.
"With Europe facing demands like never before, that is of enormous importance." ■