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David Cameron and Angela Merkel outside 10 Downing Street in February 2014. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron to host London talks with Angela Merkel

German chancellor will discuss issues including Ukraine crisis and European economy – and visit British Museum’s Germany exhibition

Angela Merkel will visit the UK for talks with David Cameron next week. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues, including the Ukraine crisis and the European economy. The talks will also lay groundwork for the G7 summit, being held at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps in June. The German government said the discussions would focus on the bilateral relationship between the UK and Germany, as well as European and international issues. Merkel will travel to London on Wednesday and during her stay she will also visit the British Museum’s Germany: Memories Of A Nation exhibition. The meeting between the two leaders is expected to focus on the global and European economy and Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which are also likely to dominate the agenda at the G7 summit unless Vladimir Putin changes course. Cameron’s plans to alter the UK’s relationship with Brussels are not expected to feature heavily in the talks. Cameron has vowed to hold an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU by the end of 2017 if he remains in Downing Street after May’s general election. He has vowed to make curbing migration from Europe a key part of his plan to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s membership of the EU. Cameron has set out plans to bar EU migrants from claiming welfare for the first four years after arriving in the UK and to deport those who do not find jobs within six months. Merkel has made no secret of her opposition to any proposals that would undermine the principle of free movement of labour within the EU. The foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, will continue his tour of European capitals this year in an effort to gauge support for the UK’s renegotiation plans. He has held talks with 13 of the 27 EU governments and is expected to complete the task of talking to counterparts by the general election in May.

Press Association

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