Macron, Merkel Agree on Roadmap for European Union Reforms

Jay Anderson
May 19, 2017

European countries must not dig in their heels and say changes can never be made, she added, as "a European Union that behaves this way would be vulnerable from every corner of the world".

Just a day after he was officially sworn in, the 39-year-old former banker landed in Berlin to meet with Merkel - Europe's most powerful leader.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany will likely miss the government's target of bringing 1 million electric cars onto the roads by the end of the decade. While Germany's economy - Europe's largest - has been performing well in recent years, France's has stalled.

At home, Macron started to shape his government by appointing relatively little-known lawmaker Edouard Philippe, 46, as his prime minister.

Merkel said yesterday that Germany depends on a "strong France", while Macron attempted to ease German concerns that France will want Germany to pay more for European Union troubles.

Meanwhile, the head of the US National Security Agency said Russian Federation was behind the 11th-hour hack of Macron's campaign team 36 hours before voting and that it was US officials who had informed France that a cyber-attack was underway.

So far his appointments to his presidential team have all been men under 50, a lot of them graduates like him of France's elite ENA college for senior public servants, which has turned out generations of French politicians.

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It's a delicate balancing act, as Macron tries to redesign French politics by borrowing ministers from left and right and new faces.

His appointment was seen as a strategic move by Macron, who is trying to woo modernisers of all stripes to his new centrist party, the République en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM), having already won over dozens of moderate Socialist MPs.

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Such signs have given new wind to pro-EU liberals like those forming Pulse of Europe, which began in November in Frankfurt after the shock of Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump.

"Macron can be a game changer", says Benner, because he admits to the need to reform at home, which will benefit France and then the EU.

Travelling to the German capital to meet the veteran leader in his first official trip overseas, Macron used the opportunity to call for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe, the German news website Local.de reported. German Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schäuble called the reforms and treaty change that would permit such moves as "not realistic". "There will be no arm-wrestling", she said. "We need more trust, much more trust and more specifically, results".

The letter states that none of Macron's predecessors identified the reporters who would be allowed to accompany them on trips and said it was not up to the president or his staff to decide "the internal functioning of the media organizations, their coverage choices and their approach".

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