Cameron uses Bild tabloid to appeal to German voters on EU reform

Curbing benefits for migrants and clawing back powers from Brussels may help Britain remain in the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday in an appeal to German voters published by mass circulation newspaper Bild.

Cameron, who held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative allies in Bavaria on Wednesday, argued that "Germany can help" push for changes that might persuade Britons to vote in favour of remaining in the bloc in an in-out referendum to be held before the end of 2017.

German support for his proposals - which include returning powers to national parliaments, "reducing excessive administration and trade constraints" and curbing benefits for migrants for the first four years - is considered crucial to Cameron getting the deal he wants before the British decide on their continued membership.

Cameron arrived in the Bavarian resort town of Wildbad Kreuth on Wednesday to attend a party conference hosted by the Christian Social Union (CSU), Merkel's conservative allies in the southern state.

CSU chief Horst Seehofer, who has repeatedly butted heads with Merkel over his bid for stringent immigration controls, said that Cameron's view on benefits were "CSU through and through."

Talks were set to continue on Thursday. The British premier is scheduled to leave Bavaria later in the day for Budapest, where he plans to hold talks on EU reform and other topics with his Hungarian counterpart, the right-wing conservative Viktor Orban.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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