Merkel, Macron search for reforms

- AFP, Meseberg (germany)

Jun 20, 2018-

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to hammer out reforms that can stop the “disintegration” of the European Union, torn by populist forces and deep discord over immigration.

The two leaders of Europe’s biggest economies will seek to thrash out a compromise between Macron’s bold vision for sweeping EU change and Germany’s stance that is more cautious, especially when it comes to finance. Merkel and Macron have both stressed that the bloc must learn to stand its ground on the world stage.

The ministerial retreat at Meseberg castle near Berlin aims to agree a joint Franco-German stance ahead of a key June 28-29 summit on the EU’s post-Brexit future, at a time when populists and eurosceptics are rapidly gaining ground.

Published: 20-06-2018 08:47

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