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Merkel calls for better EU coordination at UN

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says European Union countries on the UN Security Council should coordinate their activities better, speaking as Germany hopes to win a two-year stint on the council.
France will be the only EU country with a permanent seat after Britain leaves the 28-nation EU next year.
Germany has long sought a permanent seat. Along with Belgium, it’s expected to win a non-permanent seat Friday. Germany last held such a seat in 2011-2012.
Merkel said in Berlin Thursday that, as long as there is no fundamental UN reform, “we should, whenever a European member state gets a non-permanent UN seat … coordinate these seats Europe-wide and make them practically European seats.”
She said that would “greatly strengthen the consistency and coherence of our foreign policy.”

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