Queen’s speech stirs questions of political interference

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Elizabeth II spoke about the need of European unity (Reuters photo)

The UK's Queen Elizabeth II has made a speech in Germany urging British and German leaders to work together to mains the European unity.

In her speech at state banquet in Berlin, the Queen warned that “division in Europe is dangerous” as David Cameron and Angela Merkel listened. Cameron has been on a European tour, trying to convince countries of his proposed reforms of Britain’s membership of the EU. He is currently in Germany, trying to hash out a deal with Merkel.

Queen with German Chancellor before state banquet in Berlin

But this speech by the Queen has had some accusations that she may have been interfering in politics through the subtle speech. She said "In our lives, we have seen the worst but also the best of our continent…we have witnessed how quickly things can change for the better…but we know that we must work hard to maintain the benefits of the post-war world.

"We know that division in Europe is dangerous and that we must guard against it in the west, as well as in the east, of our continent. That remains a common endeavor."

Buckingham Palace has been quick to deny the Queen was talking about the upcoming referendum, saying, "This is not about the EU. The queen is apolitical. She would never make a political point."

But the president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, made his speech about the need for Britain to remain part of the EU, saying a “constructive dialogue on the reforms Britain wants to see is therefore essential…as a good partner, Germany will support this dialogue. For Britain is part of Europe. The European Union needs Britain. A united Europe, a strong European Union, represent stability, peace and freedom - for us all."

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he believes he can achieve reforms of Britain’s membership of the EU before the referendum in 2017.

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