Britain's Prime Minster, Mr. James Callaghan and Foreign Minister, Mr. Anthony Crosland, met their West?
GV: Genscher, Callaghan, Schmidt and Crosland posing for newsmen
CU: Genscher PAN ACROSS TO Callaghan and Schmidt
SV: Callaghan and Schmidt
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SV: Callaghan Schmidt
SV: group entering house
Some of the smaller members of the EEC are also concerned that the community was not represented as such at the puerto Rico economic summit, although France, Britain, West Germany and Italy attended. All are members of the EEC. When direct elections to the European parliament are introduced, Britain favours an increase in the size of the body from its present 198 members to 400, to ensure adequate representation for scotland and Wales - a politically sensitive subject in the United Kingdom at the moment. France opposes such an increase, and West Germany says it has a flexible approach. Britain also favours an increase in fishing limits for EEC countries from twelve to 50 miles, but other member countries oppose this at present.
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Background: Britain's Prime Minster, Mr. James Callaghan and Foreign Minister, Mr. Anthony Crosland, met their West German counterparts Her Helmut Schmidt and Her Hans-Dietrich Genscher for a day of talks in Bonn on Wednesday (30 June).
Among the subjects discussed were direct elections to the European Parliament, world economic problems, southern Africa and the European Economic Community's fisheries policy.
SYNOPSIS: It was Mr. Callaghan's first visit to West Germany since he took over as Prime Minister in April. After the talks, he told reporters there were no major difference between the two countries on direct elections to the European parliament, the major topic at the talks. The leaders also discussed the recent economic summit in puerto Rico, and Herr Schmidt said there were signs of growing trust in the British pound. There has been some unease amongst smaller members of the EEC at the current round of talks between Britain, France and West Germany. The French President, Valery Giscard D'Estaing, was in London for talks with Mr. Callaghan last week, and will be meeting Herr Schmidt next week.