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CDU youth leader Paul Ziemiak wants Britain back.
MISSING EU

Young German conservatives want to coax Britain to rejoin the EU—by 2035

By Jill Petzinger

Britain’s official exit from the EU is now just six months away, with the only uncertainty being whether the divorce will be messy or smooth. A number of European leaders have already expressed hope that the UK may some day come back to the bloc.

Emmanuel Macron said France would welcome a change of heart, while European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in January that he hoped Britain would apply to rejoin at some point.

The youth wing of Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is also trying to figure out how to bring the UK back into the European family.

Paul Ziemiak, youth leader of the CDU, announced yesterday (Aug. 22) that the party’s Junge Union (Young Union) would launch a campaign called “Brit-In,” with the aim of bringing the UK back into the EU by 2035. “Between the 18-to-24 year-old age group, less than a quarter voted for Britain’s exit from the EU.” Ziemiak said at a press conference (link in German).

“This is not an easy project, but it’s worth the effort,” Ziemiak wrote on the Junge Union website (link in German). Working out the details of how Britain could re-enter the bloc will start by building bridges between young people in the UK and the rest of Europe, he said.