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British press says Merkel gave Cameron little to cheer

Britain's newspapers said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron had little to cheer from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit as he seeks consensus on reforming EU migration rules. Merkel urged Britain on Thursday to stay in the European Union but played down Cameron's hopes that her trip to London would help bring major reforms on restricting freedom of movement within the bloc.

Cameron orders inquiry into N.Ireland amnesty letters

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday ordered a judge-led investigation into amnesty letters sent to IRA suspects, in an apparently successful attempt to stop Northern Ireland's top politician from quitting. The existence of the letters became public knowledge on Tuesday after one of them caused the collapse of the trial of a man accused of a notorious 1982 bombing in London by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), an anti-British paramilitary group.

Merkel urges Britain to stay in EU but cool on reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain Thursday to stay in the EU but played down David Cameron's hopes that her visit to London would bring major reforms. The British premier rolled out the red carpet in his bid to woo fellow conservative Merkel, who gave a speech to both houses of parliament before taking tea with the queen. But Europe's most powerful politician was cool on Cameron's desire to change the EU's treaties ahead of a planned referendum on British membership of the bloc in 2017.

Germany's Merkel to Cameron: I can't satisfy all Britain's EU wishes

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Prime Minister David Cameron she was not prepared to promise fundamental reform of the European Union for London's sake, but said the bloc did need some changes and that his country should not leave it.

Merkel gets royal treatment as Cameron seeks EU support

Angela Merkel will take tea with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and address parliament on Thursday as David Cameron tries to win the German chancellor's backing for EU reform. Cameron is rolling out what the British press called the "reddest of red carpets" for Merkel, in contrast to a low-key welcome for French President Francois Hollande last month. In the leader of Europe's top economy, Cameron sees a potential ally for his plans to change the EU's treaties before holding a referendum on Britain's membership in 2017.

Britain's Cameron under pressure over flood spending pledge

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure on Wednesday to spell out where he would find the money for his pledge to spend whatever was needed to help those affected by severe flooding in England. Parts of southwest England have been under water for weeks after the country's wettest January in nearly 250 years, with more densely populated areas near London also hit by flooding in the last few days as the rainy weather continued into February.

Germany's Merkel to visit UK as Cameron seeks EU reform backing

By William James LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the future of the European Union with Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to London this month, as Britain seeks support for a sweeping overhaul of EU treaties. Cameron has yet to spell out all his proposals, but has made it clear he wants to curb immigration from new member states, cut red tape and improve competition.

Cameron urges Britons to fight to keep Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron urged people in all parts of the United Kingdom on Friday to persuade their Scottish friends and family to vote against independence in September's referendum. In an impassioned speech in London, Cameron warned there were "seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history", ahead of the September 18 vote which threatens to break up the UK. Only four million Scots can vote, but the British leader reached out to the 59 million people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which he said would be "deeply diminished without Scotland".

Cameron to Scotland: Don't break away and erode UK's global clout

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron made an emotional appeal on Friday for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning Scots a vote for independence would undermine Britain's global clout and imperil its financial and political stability. Speaking in London, Cameron, an Englishman whose Conservative party has only one of 59 UK-wide seats in Scotland, made his most passionate defense yet of the UK, which comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

British lawmakers thwart Cameron's bid for EU referendum law

By William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Friday when his bid to enshrine the promise of a referendum on Britain's European Union membership in law was thwarted by senior lawmakers. Nevertheless Cameron's Conservative party said they would try other ways to get the promise - seen as a way to help the prime minister pacify rebellious eurosceptic factions within his party - onto the statute book.
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