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Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Paris on Friday to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is eager to push ahead with overhauls of EU institutions.

Macron has called for a major reform drive to reinvigorate the European Union with proposals that include a common eurozone finance minister and budget.

Merkel’s decision to make a quick visit to Paris after securing her fourth term as Chancellor, signals that both leaders are anxious to get the “Franco-German motor” back up and running, analysts say.

Ahead of their meeting, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will host a working lunch with his German counterpart Olaf Scholz, aimed at laying the groundwork for a eurozone summit next week.

“Merkel is fully aware that Macron has been waiting for a response on his reform projects for the EU, and more specifically the eurozone,” said Sabine von Oppeln, a political scientist at the Free University of Berlin. Read More …

 

 

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Paris on Friday to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is eager to push ahead with overhauls of EU institutions. Macron has called for a major reform drive to reinvigorate the European Union with proposals that include a common eurozone finance minister and budget. Merkel’s decision to make a quick visit to Paris after securing her fourth term as Chancellor, signals that both leaders are anxious to get the “Franco-German motor” back up and running, analysts say. Ahead of their meeting, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will host a working lunch with his German counterpart Olaf Scholz, aimed at laying the groundwork for a eurozone summit next week. “Merkel is fully aware that Macron has been waiting for a response on his reform projects for the EU, and more specifically the eurozone,” said Sabine von Oppeln, a political scientist at the Free University of Berlin.