Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 14 urged the states of the European Union to work closer together as she outlined Germany’s goals when it takes over the bloc’s presidency. Energy security, research and development, education and cutting back bureaucratic red tape would be priorities of the six-month presidency beginning January 1, 2007, she told parliament. Merkel said Germany intended to promote a good-neighbourly policy with states bordering the EU with little or no chance of joining the ...

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