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PM meets Chancellor Merkel

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Chancellor Merkel visited Downing Street for talks on the EU Budget.

Following this evening’s meeting between the Prime Minister and Chancellor Merkel, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister hosted German Chancellor Merkel for dinner at Downing Street this evening.

“Their conversation focused on preparations for the EU budget negotiation at the European Council later this month and the options to restrain and reform EU spending. They agreed on the importance of the EU demonstrating that it responds to public opinion, especially in difficult economic times. They discussed financial stability in the Eurozone and the proposal to create a Eurozone banking union ahead of the December European Council.

“They also agreed on the importance of concerted international action to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the civil war in Syria and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme.”