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Merkel’s Foreign Minister Says Post-Brexit EU Can’t Force Unity

  • ‘Flexible union’ sought by Steinmeier in post-Brexit Europe
  • Reinforces German stance as EU seeks unifying themes
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said European Union countries shouldn’t always have to move in lockstep on major projects as the EU seeks to hold together after Britain voted to leave.

“We want a ‘flexible union’ that takes on the big questions effectively, but doesn’t oblige each member state to take each new step jointly,” Steinmeier said in remarks prepared for a conference in Berlin on Monday. At the same time, EU countries that want to take joint initiatives shouldn’t be held back by those that don’t want to join in, he said.