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Michael Theurer is the new man to watch in Europe. The German MEP is economics chief of Germany’s Free Democratic Party, and it’s Brexit spokesman in the EU.
In an interview in the British press earlier this week – one that was oddly enough largely ignored by the rest of the UK media – Mr Theurer called on Germany to push for a friendly and amicable deal with the UK. He also criticised Germany’s leadership, demanding that Berlin create a special ‘Brexit cabinet to give the country convincing leadership in EU negotiations.
More pertinently, the 50-year old economist and former Swabian mayor, warned that it would be a terrible mistake for the EU to humiliate Britain by punishing it for leaving with a bad ‘crash-Brexit’ deal.