Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel pledge to draw up ‘common road map’ for Europe

15 May

However, after bilateral talks, Mrs Merkel was more open, saying: “From a German perspective, it is possible to change the European treaties. This is also necessary to push things along in Europe . The whole world is changing, that is why Germany is ready to change the treaties”.

She add, however, that this was not the immediate priority. “First we need to work on what we want to change, and then if it turns out it needs a treaty change, then we’re prepared to do that,” she said. 

Calling for a “historic reconstruction of Europe”, the pair agreed to draw up a medium-term roadmap on how to deepen EU integration and make the eurozone more resilient against crises.

“Germany will only do well in the long-term if Europe does well and Europe will only do well if there is a strong France,” said Mrs Merkel.

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