>> Britain hasn't left the EU yet, but it's on the outside looking in as the bloc handles its business. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is touring EU capitals this summer. And Reuters' Paul Carroll in Berlin says one issue will dominate.>> Today, Merkel is in Tallinn, in Estonia. Tomorrow she's in Prague.
Friday, she's in Warsaw and then coming back to Berlin, where she'll meet the prime minister of the Netherlands, and then Scandinavian leaders. The idea behind all these meetings is for Merkel and other EU leaders to prepare the ground for an EU summit in Bratislava next month. When they'll discuss how to bind together the 27 countries remaining in the EU after Brexit.
>> There's already been a mini summit this week. Merkel meeting her French and Italian counterparts on an aircraft carrier to relaunch the EU, but the short term goals for her Euro trip might not be that lofty.>> For Angela Merkel, this is not about deeper European integration. In the words of one EU diplomat, this is about preserving the status quo and making sure that after Brexit, no other countries split off from the EU.
>> But even that won't be straightforward. Merkel may be the most powerful EU politician, but she's at odds with others on a few key issues. Some southern countries want more, not less integration. And the handling of Europe's migration crisis has proven divisive. Even without Britain, consensus may prove hard to come by.