German chancellor Merkel speaking in Berlin 16 Feb

  • Eurozone is beyond the period of bailout programmes as Greece has made major progress and all economies are growing
  • EZ policy in future will be based on solidarity and clear rules
Hurrah! Pretzels and retsina all round.

There's a bit of a gathering in Berlin today/week-end at which UK PM May will meet Merkel today for talks ahead of a keynote speech on security issues tomorrow at the annual Munich Security Conference, which plays host to numerous world leaders, foreign ministers and defence representatives. May is expected to set out the "security partnership" she wants to maintain with the EU.

No timings for the talks today but we might expect some comments hitting the wires so stay tuned.

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Merkel and May - Talks being held today in Berlin