Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Merkel wants to rekindle EU spark in first date with Macron

Merkel wants to rekindle EU spark in first date with Macron

Macron, a convinced European integrationist, pledged after taking office on Sunday to restore France's standing on the world stage, strengthen national self-confidence and heal divisions that the bitterly-fought campaign had opened up.

Earlier Monday in Paris, Macron named centre-right lawmaker Edouard Philippe as prime minister in a further effort to splinter the country's traditional parties and redraw the political map.

"The axis between Germany and France is even more crucial over the next couple of years because if the two don't sit together and reform the eurozone, we are probably going to have Le Pen in five years" time again'.

Macron has shaken up French politics with his meteoric rise to the presidency.

He promised to convince people that "the power of France is not declining - that we are on the brink of a great renaissance".

Philippe, a little known 46-year-old MP and mayor of the northern port of Le Havre, comes from the moderate wing of the right-wing Republicans party and is seen as a pragmatist.

The Pound Euro (GBP EUR) exchange rate slumped around a cent from its best levels yesterday as markets reacted positively to Emmanuel Macron's first day as French President.

When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Looking ahead to her meeting with Macron, she added: "I will say first let us have openness, to find things in common, and not start with everything that can't be done".

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He intends to press for the creation of a parliament and budget for the eurozone which would see Germany, the zone's richest member, contribute funds to support economic growth in weaker nations.

With Germany's economy, Europe's largest, outperforming that of France, the traditional Franco-German motor at the heart of the European Union project has begun to misfire.

"Very German obsession", Macron's chief policy advisor Jean Pisani-Ferry wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Olivier Ihl, an academic from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies, said that the visit was "an important moment because he wants to relaunch Franco-German cooperation in a Europe that is on its knees".

In Berlin on Monday, the fervently pro-Europe Macron will push for deeper ties in the 28-member European Union to help the bloc overcome the imminent departure of Britain.

Macron was sworn-in as President after his landslide victory over far-right National Front leader Marine le Pen, with 66 per cent of the vote in the run-off poll held on May 7.

"The election of the new French president offers us here the possibility to bring dynamism into the development of Europe", she said, emboldened after her conservatives won a regional vote on Sunday that boosts her chances of re-election in September.

Macron, 39, who was sworn in as French president on Sunday, is the youngest French President in France's history and the youngest leader since Napoleon.

The new president faces a host of daunting challenges including tackling stubbornly high unemployment, fighting Islamist-inspired violence and healing divisions exposed by an often vicious election campaign.

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