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Angela Merkel and David Cameron fail to work out who’s in the driving seat

30 May 2016

11:00 AM

30 May 2016

11:00 AM

At times in David Cameron’s EU renegotiations, it’s seemed as though the Prime Minister struggled to be in the driver’s seat. Now evidence has come to light that confirms Cameron’s power struggle with one of Europe’s main leaders.

Speaking at the Hay Festival, Neil MacGregor — the former director of the British Museum — let slip the difficulties he encountered when Angela Merkel and Cameron arranged a visit to see an exhibition he on German history from the past 600 years.

Of all the objects in the exhibition, MacGregor thought the VW Beetle would make a great prop for a photo opp for the two leaders. Alas, it wasn’t to be. While Merkel and Cameron’s teams were both keen on the idea, they couldn’t agree who would sit in the driving seat. As a result, the photo was never taken.


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