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*Axelrod, Tal (November 13, 2018). [https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/416412-merkel-calls-for-creation-of-real-true-european-army Merkel calls for creation of ‘real, true European army']. ''The Hill''. Retrieved November 13, 2018.</ref>
Merkel supports the [[War on Sovereignty|erosion of national sovereignty]], stating in 2018 that "nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty."<ref>Hale, Virginia (November 23, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/11/23/merkel-eu-hand-sovereignty-brussels/ Merkel: EU States Must Prepare to Hand National Sovereignty over to Brussels]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved November 23, 2018.</ref>
Merkel fears that the European Union has failed to define its common interests "for the (commercial) battles of the future" now Europe's cold war priorities of keeping "peace and freedom" have been achieved. "This is where I think Europe needs to learn a lot, not to concentrate too much on whether bicycle paths are built the same way in Portugal and north-west Germany." Domestically, Merkel recognizes the need for change in the country's consensual model. "In Germany, we are always facing the danger that we are a little bit too slow. We have to speed up our changes."