The meeting with Merkel in David Cameron’s own words:
“Angela Merkel and I had a very positive meeting, where we discussed how centre right parties can cooperate. I am delighted that the Conservative Party and the CDU will be setting up joint working groups covering climate change and environment, security and counter-terrorism, and economic competitiveness.”
Framing is something that’s always fascinated me. By discussing security Merkel gets to remind Germans how seriously she’s taking that issue in light of recent events there, and by discussing climate change Cameron gets to reinforce the seriousness with which he takes that issue.
But what has this meeting really achieved for the Conservative Party? It could be argued that it sends a signal to the electorate that Cameron is taken seriously as a potential world leader. But then the counter argument would be that Cameron has to first convince people he’d be a good national leader before he can move onto the world stage (the polls suggest people are not so sure about that).
Whatever this trip to