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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (center L) embraces Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (center R) after a photo call with fellow NATO leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R), after their meeting alongside the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiations between the European Union and Britain following its decision to leave the bloc will be difficult, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

"We will have difficult negotiations with Britain, it will not be easy," Merkel told a rally of her conservatives in eastern Germany.

"But that is why we as 27 member states must ask 'how should our Europe look?' And there, I think everyone can say how much bureaucracy there is," she added.

(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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