by Humphrey Carter

L AST Saturday evening I bumped in two German brothers who were spending a long weekend in Palma with their parents celebrating their father's birthday.

Eventually, we got talking and the elder brother, a 42-year-old budding scientist's first question was why does Britain want to leave the European Union?

It was not quite the conversation I wanted to get bogged down in while enjoying a quiet drink at the end of a long week so I left it up to him to explain Germany's stance on a possible referendum in Britain.

And, to my surprise, deep down, he admitted that the majority of Germans desperately want Britain to remain in the EU.
He explained that Germany is terrified of being left alone, surrounded by countries with failing and ailing economies and the only country talking any sense, Great Britain, no longer part of the EU jigsaw.

Germany, I was told is not apparently convinced by France, would consider Britain's departure as the missing part to a giant jigsaw which is so close to collapsing.

Germany may well be the power house of Europe, and probably always will be, but it is one of Britain's biggest commercial partners and despite what has happened in the past, Britain is the country Germany wants to feel closer to while the rest of Europe flounders as it struggles to survive on handouts.