Sunday, June 2, 2013

Merkel says EU Commission should not get more powers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to handing more powers to the European Commission and agrees with France that European Union governments should work more closely on economic policy, she said in an interview published on Sunday.

Berlin has traditionally backed a stronger Commission but the EU's Brussels-based executive has seen its influence wane during the euro zone debt crisis, while Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has increasingly steered decision-making.

"I see no need in the next few years to give up more powers to the Commission in Brussels," Merkel told the weekly Spiegel magazine, adding that she agreed with French President Francois Hollande on EU member states cooperating more on economic issues.