German Chancellor promise to work closely with her French counterpart Macron

Peoples Digest Online-    The German Chancellor said that she would work very closely with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, the country’s youngest ever president. She issued a warning over the precarious state of the EU, saying it was a “critical moment” for the bloc and that the grouping would only do well if France is strong. Mrs Merkel, 62, added that both countries wanted to develop a “roadmap” to deepen EU integration and make the eurozone more resilient against crises. She said she was open to changing the European Union treaties to strengthen the bloc, working alongside the French President.

According to the German leader, it was possible to change the EU treaties. While Mrs Merkel said she was prepared to make reforms to the European Union she stated that it was necessary to work out exactly it was that needed reform. She said: “I would be ready to do this, but first we will work on what we want to reform.”

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel at the press conference

Mrs Merkel added at a press conference: “Germany will only do well in the long-term if Europe does well and Europe will only do well if there is a strong France,” adding that the two governments would hold a meeting on key issues in July. Asked if she was worried that Mr Macron’s push for a “Buy European Act” could undermine the established order of free and open trade, Mrs Merkel said: “In trade relations, for example, I see this element of reciprocity, this is something I can very well imagine.”

Mrs Merkel added that the German government had already asked the European Commission to look into the possibility of protecting investments in strategic areas on a European level and not only through national regulation.

Angela Merkel with Emmanuel Macron

A source close to Mr Macron said before the meeting he would seek to convince Merkel to back his “protection agenda” for Europe which includes a “Buy European Act” and regulations to prevent strategic firms from falling into non-European hands. While the German leader wanted greater integration the 39-year-old President called for reform of the bloc, saying changing the EU treaties was “not taboo”. Mr Macron also called for better protection of Europe’s workers.

He said: “I am happy that we can work together on a common roadmap for the European Union and the Eurozone. “In the past, the subject of treaty change was a French taboo. It will no longer be the case.” He added: ”There are several areas in which we can cooperate in the short term. Common asylum policy, posted workers and bilateral trade.

“All these will have an impact on our citizens. We need more pragmatism, less bureaucracy and a Europe that protects our citizens. We need more pragmatism, less bureaucracy and a Europe that protects our citizens.” He also called for the EU to be far less bureaucratic and more protective saying he wanted the reforms carried out in the next few months.

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