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Dutch king: European bouquet incomplete without English rose

Dutch King Willem-Alexander used a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday to make a plea for unity less than a month before Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the 28-nation bloc.

Willem-Alexander told lawmakers in Brussels that the "European bouquet" is not complete "without the English rose."

The king also highlighted shortcomings that have strained relations in Europe and fed growing skepticism toward the bloc among its 500 million citizens. British citizens will vote on whether or not the country should stay in the EU on June 23.

Willem-Alexander said that by concentrating on "essential issues which truly require a...

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