German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macro at the end of a European summit in Brussels on 15 December 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that they will reach a common position next March on the reforms of the euro area, following a European summit in Brussels.
„We want to arrive by March to reconcile our positions,“ said Merkel at a joint press conference with the French president.
„We will find a common solution, because it is necessary for Europe,“ she added. „When we want, we can,“ insisted the Chancellor.
Mr. Macron expressed his side of „the desire that we both converge as early as March.“
The latter presented, during a speech at the Sorbonne in September, his vision of a reform of the euro area, including advocating a Minister of Finance and a budget for the euro area, which is far from unanimous .
On the other hand, Merkel, still struggling to form a new coalition government after legislative weakened, did not detail his vision. Mrs Merkel’s conservatives are, however, less in favor of Mr Macron’s ideas than the Social Democrats, with whom she is currently trying to form an alliance.