Paris: Support for French President Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist party is growing before legislative elections next month, a poll found on Thursday, raising the chances that he will be able to win parliamentary backing for his reform plans.
Speaking at a joint press conference on Monday night during Macron’s inaugural visit to Berlin on his first full day in office, Merkel said: “From a German point of view, it is possible to change treaties if it makes sense in order to strengthen the eurozone“.
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, chairs EU summits as head of the European Council, which groups the national governments of the 28-member bloc. Geert Wilders and his far-right Freedom Party finished with only 13 per cent of the vote in the Dutch general election and Marine Le Pen’s National Front…
The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron’s first week in office (all times local): 2 p.m.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble warned that such deep-reaching reforms would require treaty changes, which were “not realistic” at a time when Europe is hit by a surge of anti-euro populism.
Saturday’s edition of weekly news magazine Der Spiegel featured a cover picture of Macron with the headline “expensive friend”. “For us there are no such taboos”, he said.
“It was typical Merkel – giving a joint press conference and saying we have to think about it and see what we can do”, Dempsey said. France and Germany jointly brokered the 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine. “The entire world is changing and we declare that we have exhausted ourselves once and that’s it for our entire lifetime”, she said.
Merkel will be buoyed by his remarks as she basks in the glory of winning three consecutive regional elections, in Schleswig-Holstein, Saarland and the crucial state of North Rhine-Westphalia – which is the most populous state of Germany and includes Dusseldorf, Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, and Essen.
CDU’s Fuchs sees Macron as good partner for Germany.
It has become unofficial tradition for French leaders to make Germany their first port of call after an election, but Macron’s trip takes on more significance given the various issues afflicting the region, including the debt crisis, the migrant crisis, terrorist attacks, and the decision by the U.K.to leave the union.
However, he signaled readiness to look at sharing future burdens.
“Before thinking about reform of the EU, France has to restore its partners’ confidence in it and provide guarantees on the budget”, said Charles de Marcilly of the Robert Schuman Foundation.
The divorce process will be “very, very complicated”, Merkel said.
The German media initially embraced Macron’s victory, with headlines like “France says yes to Europe”, “Macron wins it for Europe”, and “No Frexit” greeting readers the morning after the election victory.
During their meeting, followed by a dinner in the German chancellery, outside of which people had gathered to cheer Macron, the German and French leaders also discussed issues like the posted workers directive, the reform of the European Union asylum system and reciprocity in trade.
“On the other hand, Macron’s style suits the chancellor”.