British Prime Minister David Cameron continues his whirlwind tour of Europe, hoping to drum up support for an EU reform deal. As he meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ciara Lee reports on the challenges Cameron faces in order to claw back some power from Brussels.
A man on a mission. David Cameron's on a whirlwind tour of European capitals, trying to convince leaders to reform the E.U. But he saved his most crucial meeting until last - German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cameron wants to see an overhaul of the bloc's treaties before a British referendum on E.U. membership, due by 2017. He needs Merkel's help to agree a deal he can sell to a divided British public. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "I expect and hope and believe that Europe can show the flexibility that when one of the larger countries, a big contributor, a major European player, has some problems and issues, that those issues can be properly addressed." But JP Morgan Asset Management's David Stubbs says Cameron should be realistic about what can be achieved. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID STUBBS, GLOBAL MACRO STRATEGIST AT J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT, SAYING: "Some changes that don't require a new treaty which may involve changes to migrants being able to claim benefits. That's a key possibility. And potentially a new push on liberalising services, within the single market." Merkel doesn't want to see the U.K. go. She remained upbeat about the negotiations. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I will go into these discussions constructively. I want to find a solution and when I think about how we started the budget negotiations for the medium term financial perspectives, and how we found a solution, then that is a good example of how we can bring together positions which appear irreconcilable." Cameron has already made stops in his charm offensive to the Hague, Paris and Warsaw. Leaders there were also keen to see the U.K. remain part of the 28-member bloc. But rewriting treaties to suit Britain is something many object to.