France, Germany aim for euro zone reform roadmap by June

France, Germany aim for euro zone reform roadmap by June

Mr Macron has pushed for a eurozone budget and a European finance minister, but many German politicians are hesistant about this proposal.

"We must agree by June a Franco-German roadmap for the whole euro zone".

French President noted that a European context which has been deeply shaken since the Brexit and Italian election increased pressure on the Europe's two leading powers to realize a joint project involving better economic and monetary integration, common policy to handle migrants flows and cement defence cooperation.

Merkel, who was narrowly reelected to a fourth term as chancellor, wants to fulfill her incoming government's pledge to deliver a "new start" for Europe. "Europe must act in a context where the multinational is increasingly threatened". We may not always share the same opinion. "We have put a number of very concrete differences on the table that have very significant consequences and I guarantee we will resolve them".


In a video podcast released on Saturday, Merkel said the European Council set for next week will be the first time to talk about the idea of EU's future relations with Britain after the latter quits the bloc.

Merkel traditionally chooses Paris as her first destination after her re-election.

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday had said that the country would be ready to carry out strikes in Syria if it found "irrefutable evidence" that civilians in Syria were killed using chemical weapons, while French Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre also said in a statement that the country has enough sources to carry out military intervention in Syria. "It'll be very tough work", French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, adding that talks would focus on the bloc's joint rules and institutions making up its banking union and convergence in the way corporate tax is calculated.

Macron called for a "clear, ambitious" roadmap for the reforms by June as he sought crucial support for his shake-up of the bloc from Merkel.

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