The U.K. cannot expect to pick and choose its level of participation in a European Union that needs more integration to cope with the challenges of globalization, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.
“Not all and everything must be decided in Brussels and by Brussels,” Westerwelle told reporters in Berlin today, in the first German reaction to Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech pledging to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s relationship with the EU and hold a referendum on its future membership. “We do indeed differentiate, but cherry-picking is not an option.”
Germany and the U.K. “share a common destiny in challenging times of globalization,” Westerwelle said. “And in challenging times of globalization we as Europeans, we are all in the same boat.”
Germany wants the U.K. “to remain an active and constructive part of the European Union,” he said, delivering his statement in German and then in English. “Germany wants an ambitious reform of the economic and monetary union in such decisive issues as the future of our common currency. We do not need less, but more integration.”
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