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German Foreign Minister Urges EU Not To ‘Go Looking For Revenge’ On UK

Posted: Jun 26, 2016 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The European Union’s 27 other members states “won’t let anyone take Europe” from them, Germany’s Foreign Minister has said, while urging the EU not to seek “revenge” after Britain’s vote to leave, Independent UK reports.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier met the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg at a meeting of the six founder members of the EU in Berlin on Saturday.

“I am confident that these countries can also send a message that we won’t let anyone take Europe from us,” he said.
EU politicians must listen “to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people”, he said, adding that “it’s totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis”.

Mr Steinmeier told the ZDF television station earlier that the negotiation of Brexit would require hard work, but he added European leaders were prepared to tackle issues raised by the UK referendum, such as high rates of youth unemployment.

He advised the EU bloc to focus on building consensus in areas such as security, migration and economic growth.
“We have to accept the decision that was made, and not go looking for revenge.”