Macron meets Merkel on first official visit as French President
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 13:58
"The French elections.have shown the Germans once more what a treasure Europe is and how important German-French cooperation and friendship is for this treasure", Ms. Merkel said in a joint news conference with Mr. Macron at the Chancellery in Berlin. Merkel on Monday said at a joint press conference with Macron that she was even prepared to consider the long-taboo option of European Union treaty change "if it makes sense".
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had warned that such deep-reaching reforms would require treaty changes, which were "not realistic" at a time when Europe was hit by a surge of anti-euro populism.
The two met in Berlin on Mr Macron's first full day in office, which started with him naming 46-year-old Edouard Philippe as his new prime minister.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Dr Ammon said: "We are happy to have a new star born in Europe, and that is Emmanuel Macron".
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany will likely miss the government's target of bringing 1 million electric cars onto the roads by the end of the decade.
The president only told journalists that Philippe was part of a new French political landscape that he was promoting.
The 39-year-old former investment banker and economy minister was inaugurated on Sunday as the 25th President of France and also the youngest in the nation's history in a ceremony at the Élysee Palace.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has won a state election in the traditional heartland of its centre-left rivals, a stinging blow to the challenger in September's national vote.
Macron beat Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front in a May 7 run-off vote, but the long campaign exposed deep splits over France's role in Europe, immigration, and policies to revive a sluggish economy bedeviled by high unemployment.
Mr Macron wants to create a common eurozone budget, parliament and finance minister.
As well as the political coup of poaching Mr Philippe from the right, Mr Macron is also siphoning off support from politicians on the left.
Meanwhile, back in France, the defeat of the far-right populist National Front candidate Marine Le Pen in the presidential election eased fears that the country might leave the European Union, however she has succeeded in bringing her party more into the mainstream than it ever was over the many years her father, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded it, presided over it as a small minority grouping.
Asked whether that was smart, she replied: "I said I would take responsibility for that, and I'm doing that this evening".
Although these ideas where not expressed by Macron or Merkel as they addressed the world's press they did say they would work together more closely on defence, reform and reducing bureaucracy.
Merkel, 62, has been chancellor since late 2005, when Jacques Chirac was French president.