German finance minister jumps on Macron to demand great EU integration and economic reform

Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble will discuss boosting the Eurozone with the new French government

Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble will discuss boosting the Eurozone with the new French government [GETTY]

 

GERMANY is to urge Emmanuel Macron to push for more EU integration and a stronger Europe.

Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron has already spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the phone as she heralded his win a victory for a “united Europe”.

Mr Macron plans to visit Berlin shortly with German ministers poised to use the new French government to strengthen the eurozone. 

A German finance ministry spokesman said no time should be lost in supporting France to implement economic reforms and strengthen its role in Europe.

Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble will discuss boosting the Eurozone with the new French government once Mr Macron has formally taken office.

Outgoing president Francois Hollande confirmed today he will and over power on Sunday May 14.

Mr Macron’s landslide victory has been welcomed by Germany, which counts France as its second most important trading partner after China.

Europhile Mr Macron, 39, has vowed to work with Germany to relaunch the EU and visited Berlin twice during his election campaign to forge ties with Mrs Merkel.

Highlighting the importance of the eurozone to Germany, German business associations and economists welcomed the election result.

When asked about the German goverment’s position on the introduction of joint eurobonds, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Berlin remained opposed to such move.

Full article: German finance minister jumps on Macron to demand great EU integration and economic reform (Express)

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