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Brexit a blow to Europe and European unity process, says Germany's Merkel

AFP , AP , Friday 24 Jun 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a statement in Berlin, Germany, June 24, 2016 (Reuters)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced regret Friday at Britain's decision to leave the European Union, calling it a "blow" to Europe.

The German president said that EU must never forget that foundation of European unity was "idea of peace," adding that Germany has "special interest and special responsibility" in European unity succeeding.

"We take note of the British people's decision with regret. There is no doubt that this is a blow to Europe and to the European unification process," she said, adding that she will on Monday host post-Brexit talks with the leaders of France and Italy as well as with European Union president Donald Tusk in Berlin.

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