Britain's decision to leave the EU and France's election of President Emmanuel Macron changed Angela Merkel's view on the bloc, the German Chancellor said today.
Speaking just two months ahead of the country's federal election, Merkel said it was worth fighting for a stronger Europe.
Merkel, though admitting the EU had its faults, said being a member of the EU was one of Germany's biggest strengths.
"For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave, when we were worried about the outcome of the elections in France and the Netherlands," Merkel told voters, according to Reuters.
But we have realised in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation, that Europe and living together in the European Union have something to do with war and peace, that the decades of peace after World War Two would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union.
Merkel, a centre-right politician, is up for re-election for a fourth term in September.