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Merkel Urges Judicious Moves by Remaining EU States After Brexit Vote

  • Reuters

FILE - German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media in Berlin, Germany, July 23, 2016.

FILE - German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media in Berlin, Germany, July 23, 2016.

The 27 countries that will remain in the European Union after Britain's vote to leave the bloc must listen to each other carefully and avoid rushing into policy decisions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on
Wednesday.

"This is a phase of listening, of understanding and learning from one another so that we can really understand and develop a new balance with the European Union of 27 members that will remain," Merkel said, speaking at a joint news conference in Tallin with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

"If you do it wrong from the beginning and you don't listen, - and act just for the sake of acting - then you can make many mistakes," Merkel said, underscoring that the upcoming EU summit in Bratislava was about setting an agenda for the future, not making any firm decisions.

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