Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

EU MP: EU Needs Power Repatriation Reforms as Merkel, Macron Mull Changes

EU MP: EU Needs Power Repatriation Reforms as Merkel, Macron Mull Changes

A warm embrace drew a line under an election which no doubt relieved the German chancellor by delivering a victor intent on saving the EU.But, she added: "The magic lasts only when there are results". Since confidence in the European Union has plummeted, Germany and France have spent much time in familiar roles: Germany as the responsible player and France as the pesky one, resistant to any reform proposal.

Merkel said that Germany needs France to succeed, emphasising that "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France".

Beyond defending the interests of Germans living in the U.K., Merkel said "we'll always keep in mind the 48 or 49 percent who didn't vote for Brexit".

Rightwing Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday that the government had been chosen to last and was "in line with the political renewal that we are in the process of putting in place".

Germany is the biggest contributor to the United Nations force in Mali, or MINUSMA, which has been stationed there since July 2013 and has just over 12,000 military and police personnel on what is considered the UN's most unsafe active peacekeeping deployment. That has translated into stubborn French unemployment rates of about 10 percent (up to 25 percent for youths) and greater Euroskepticism. The pair confirmed that in order to secure the future integrity of the bloc, they are willing to draw up new treaties to allow for deeper integration and facilitate widespread reform.

"I am not a promoter of the mutualisation of old debt" within the eurozone, said Macron after meeting Merkel, adding however that the joint financing of future projects should be considered.

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Before any of this, major challenges stand in the way.

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed a conservative prime minister in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before parliamentary elections in June. And for Merkel, facing critical elections in September, his win has given her campaign a much needed boost.

The EU, she said, must become more agile in its procedures and most decisive in its actions.

Still, the two leaders are already signaling an understanding on the need to accommodate each other. 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. "And the election of the new French president offers us here the possibility to bring dynamism into the development of Europe".

To that end, Ms. Merkel said she would be ready to discuss changes to the European Union treaty to strengthen the bloc "if it makes sense". Doubts hang over Macron.

Back in Paris, there was some unhappiness among Socialists, many who had flocked to Macron's side to thwart Marine le Pen, with his choice of the right-wing Philippe.

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Despite his remarks, Schäuble was overruled by his own chancellor who appeared with Macron just hours later to say they would be pressing ahead to run the eurozone as a single country rather than a group of 19, reports The Times. This is where Macron could help shift perspectives.

He points to many hopeful signs, including recent statements by conservative Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Of the National Front, she said: "We are in reality the only opposition movement". "Germany might need the European Union to help it out one day too".

But both leaders said they could tackle treaty change. "So the most likely compromise will be resources for more investment".

"I would be ready to do this, but first we will work on what we want to reform". "The rest of the world is going forward". Find us on Facebook too!

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