David Cameron is planning to lay on a major welcome for Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, when she visits Britain today. The Prime Minister is arranging for Mrs Merkel to address both MPs and Lords in Parliament and hold an audience with the Queen during her visit on February 27. The scale of the events – just short of a full state visit - is in stark contrast last month's Anglo-French summit when François Hollande, the French president was received with far less ceremony. Mr Cameron met Mr Hollande for a few hours at a windy airfield in Oxfordshire, held a short press conference in a cavernous hangar, and retired to a pub for lunch. Read more >>
The cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times contrasts the reception given to Holland with that planned for Merkel. The French President is shown naked on the back of a scooter (a reference to an earlier cartoon about his affair with actress Julie Gayet) being driven by an unhappy-looking Cameron. Meanwhile, the German Chancellor is riding in a limousine and waving (like the Queen?) with Cameron as the chauffeur.
The scale of the welcome for Mrs Merkel will be seen as an attempt by Mr Cameron to underline the common cause of the two countries over European Union reform. Mr Cameron is desperate to win the support of Mrs Merkel in his attempt to reform Britain’s relationship with the EU ahead of an in/out referendum in 2017 through so-called "treaty change". President Hollande publicly dismissed Mr Cameron’s attempts to effect any sort of treaty change before 2017 as not a priority at their joint press conference following the Anglo-French summit. (source: The Telegraph)
Note that we say 'Welcome to Britain', not 'Welcome in Britain' (a common mistake).