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Macron calls for 'historic reconstruction' of Europe

19 May 2017

Merkel said: "From a German point of view, it is possible to change treaties if it makes sense in order to strengthen the eurozone".

Jean-Yves Le Drian, a 69-year-old former defense minister under then President Francois Hollande, stays on in Macron's government as foreign minister and Europe 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".

"There will be more convergence, firstly between France and Germany, and we think France and Germany should play the role of the engine".

"Merkel has risen from the ashes of 2016 when she was widely criticized for her open-arms policy on the refugees", said Josef Joffe, publisher of Die Zeit weekly.

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The German leader added that Berlin and Paris also agreed to develop a joint "road map" on the mid-term prospects for the European Union, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

It is home to 17.9 million people, nearly a quarter of Germany's population, and is also the home state of Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic challenger seeking to deny Mrs Merkel a fourth term in the national election on September 24.

Macron's office says that the meeting, attended by the country's most senior military and security officials, focused on the operations of French armed forces overseas -mostly in Africa's Sahel region, Iraq and Syria.

The UK had notably pushed for more restrictions on its borders while London's calls for amending the European Union treaties have been rebuffed, contributing to the outcome of the Brexit vote. And so, I wish that the common roadmap will be, above all, a roadmap that restores perspectives and a true efficiency to the Euro Zone, to the European Union.

"Germany's interests are closely linked to France's interests", Merkel noted.

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Macron's staff had initially said the government would be named late Tuesday but the presidential palace now says in a statement the announcement will come Wednesday afternoon.

Macron, who appointed Edouard Philippe from the center-right Republicans party as his prime minister earlier Monday, refused to answer specific questions about his choice in Berlin.

"Macron clarified his position, saying he did not want Eurobonds or the mutualisation of (eurozone) debt" said Demesmay, referring to the pooling of funding and the build up of previous loans.

"We need a less bureaucratized Europe that would be able to better protect its citizens", Macron said.

In keeping with Macron's independent centrist line and goal of reshaping French politics, his ministers include both Socialists and conservatives.

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French far-right Marine Le Pen is getting ready to announce whether she plans to run for a seat in the National Assembly in next month's parliamentary elections. Some commentators pointed to the 2005 federal election, called by SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after losing NRW, where Merkel squandered a hefty poll lead to win by just a whisker.

Macron calls for 'historic reconstruction' of Europe