The Latest: German official says EU needs UK's 'pragmatism'

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The Latest on Britain's popular vote on whether to remain in the European Union (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Germany's defense minister says she fears the European Union's balance could be affected if Britain decides to leave.

Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with the weekly Die Zeit published Wednesday that the EU needs a mixture of grand ideas, passionate defense of European ideals, pragmatic solutions and doubts to succeed.

She was quoted as saying: "The Germans tend toward enthusiasm on European questions, the French toward grand pathos, the Italians impress with their ability to improvise — the British ground all that with their skepticism, understatement and terrific pragmatism."

Von der Leyen added that "if the British leave the EU, lofty ideas would dominate," and the bloc could have trouble staying down-to-earth.

The minister added that Britain "has in Europe a lever to increase its influence."