ANGELA Merkel and Francois Hollande have launched a desperate plea for European unity ahead of Britain’s once-in-a-generation referendum.
Merkel and Hollande made the plea at a commemoration for the Battle of Verdun. Getty
The Europhile German Chancellor and French President said “the forces of division” threatened the future of the Brussels club.
Merkel and Hollande spoke out as they commemorated the centenary of the Battle of Verdun – one of the bloodiest episodes in the First World War.
Merkel spoke of the need for Europe to welcome migrants
The beleaguered President said: “Our sacred destiny is written in the ravaged soil of Verdun.
“It can be stated in a few words: we should love our country, but we should protect our common home, Europe, without which we would be exposed to the storms of history.”
Both leaders are in favour of the UK remaining a member of the EU
Merkel, whose government has welcomed more than a million migrants to Germany over the past year, added: “If we reason only in national terms, we will not be able to progress. This is true for managing Europe’s debt crisis, and also for welcoming refugees.”
But Mrs Merkel’s grip on power is growing ever weaker, with rebellion growing across the country against her controversial immigration policies.
Merkel and Hollande made their passionate appeal as part of a solemn tribute to those who died or were left missing or wounded at Verdun – considered as important to French and German history as the Somme is to the Britain.
Both leaders laid wreaths before the Douaumont Ossuary, which holds the unidentified remains of more than 100,000 soldiers.
No wonder they want us to Remain: Germany fears Brexit because they would lose £35BILLION
A GERMAN bank has predicted Britain leaving the EU will cost the German economy almost £35BILLION – plunging the country into financial disrepair.
Germany’s economy is set to suffer significantly in the event of Brexit
The future of German companies will be thrown into doubt in the event of Britain freeing itself from the shackles of Brussels as 2,500 businesses have branches across the UK.
As Remain and Leave camps drum up support for their campaigns here in the UK, DZ Bank says Brexit would cost the Germany economy £34.8bn by 2017 alone and the country could fall into recession.
German experts predicted Britain leaving Europe would act as a “slow poison” to their countries economy.