French president in Germany to push European reforms

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair at Messe Frankfurt, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 10 October 2017.

French president in Germany to push European reforms


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On his first visit to Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel narrowly won an election last month, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed his determination to engage Germany in a debate to push forward his European reforms.

“I believe that, if you have a vision, you shouldn’t go to the doctor but you should open a debate,” Macron said in Frankfurt on October 10, where he was due to meet Merkel and attend the opening of an annual book fair.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, the 39-year-old French president has an ambitious vision for Europe. He has called for tighter cooperation on defence and immigration, and for a common euro zone budget.

But Merkel, who is engaged in difficult talks on building a new coalition government at home, has cautioned that reforming the euro zone should not be the top priority and the debate should be more inclusive.

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