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Merkel was pleased that John­son left his pub­lic blus­ter at the door and showed a grasp of the trade-offs posed by Brexit, com­bined with clear pri­or­i­ties. “He left an im­pres­sion of some­one who wants a deal,” said an of­fi­cial fa­miliar
Merkel soon over­ruled Brus­sels’ in­sis­tence that re­open­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions was im­pos­si­ble. In her prag­matic view, Ger­many and Eu­rope need the U.K. as an ally af­ter Brexit, in­clud­ing on for­eign and se­cu­rity pol­icy.
Thus, “Boris’s threat of a no-deal worked,” a se­nior #EU of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.