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Merkel prepared for EU treaty changes as Brexit requires bloc to be more competitive

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after talks with Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz (not pictured), at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would be prepared to back changes to the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, the bloc’s legal cornerstone if need be, adding that the EU27 must become more competitive now that Britain has left.

“I could well imagine treaty changes should this be

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