Angela Merkel could move to oust Europe's federalist chief Jean-Claude Juncker 'within the next year', a Germany government minister has said, in a sign of deepening European divisions over how to respond to Britain's Brexit vote.

The German chancellor's frustration with the European Commission chief came as Europe split over whether to use the Brexit negotiations as a trigger to deepen European integration or take a more pragmatic approach to Britain as it heads for the exit door.


Mr Juncker's constant and unabashed calls for "more Europe", has led to several of Europe other dissenting members -- including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic -- to lay some of the blame for Brexit at his door.


Mrs Merkel's anger reflects a growing schism in Europe between those, like Mr Juncker and the French and Belgian leaders, who want to see "more Europe" after Brexit, and those, like Mrs Merkel and her powerful finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble who believe that would be "crazy".

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