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German lawmakers split on 'United States of Europe'

Senior conservative Volker Kauder said Schulz's European proposal posed "a danger to the EU and citizens' approval of Europe"

Michelle Martin | Reuters  |  Berlin 

Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a “United States of Europe” put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. SPD leader Martin Schulz said on Thursday his party, which suffered its worst post-war election result in September, would only gain support by providing a clear vision of Europe, and called for a United States of Europe by 2025. Merkel’s conservatives, who lost voters to the far-right due to their liberal migrant policy, want ...

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First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 01:56 IST