German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (Jun 19) to hammer out reforms that can stop the “disintegration” of the European Union, torn by populist forces and deep discord over immigration.
The two leaders of Europe’s biggest economies will seek to thrash out a compromise between Macron’s bold vision for sweeping EU change and Germany’s stance that is more cautious, especially when it comes to finance.
Merkel and Macron have both stressed that, as US President Donald Trump openly challenges the EU with a trade war and over security and climate policy, the bloc must learn to stand its ground on the world stage.
The ministerial retreat at Meseberg castle near Berlin aims to agree a joint Franco-German stance ahead of a key Jun 28-29 summit on the EU’s post-Brexit future, at a time when populists and eurosceptics are rapidly gaining ground. Read more