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Dear Angela Merkel

It is probable that Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor later this year. Robert Jackson explains to her why he thinks Britain and Germany would make such a fine European team

By Robert Jackson   July 2005

Dear Angela, The rejection of the EU constitution by the voters of France and the Netherlands invites Europe’s leaders to think again about the way in which the European project has developed. Since I hope that, come the German election in September, you will be the freshest face in those ranks, I want to remind you that—in spite of the caricatures—the British have positive things to say about Europe, many of which I know will chime with your own views.

On the subject of caricatures, here is the new French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, in his book L’Homme Européen,…

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