Macron Spent His First Full Day As President In Germany


"I will be an open, direct and constructive partner", Macron said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's new President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Monday to give a new impetus to Europe, saying they were ready to even change European Union treaties if necessary.

Castaner, a Socialist who joined Macron's movement past year, said "our political background will not prevent us to work smartly for France".

Macron has said half his ministers will be women and that some will be high achievers in business, academia, the civil service or the NGO world.

A pro-European, German-speaking rightist, Le Maire came second to ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy for the leadership of The Republicans party in 2014 and finished fifth in the right-wing presidential primaries a year ago.

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Macron, 39, who was sworn in as French president on Sunday, is the youngest French President in France's history and the youngest leader since Napoleon.

Former investment banker Macron, who trounced Le Pen in the 7 May presidential run-off, aims to take votes from both the Republicans and Socialists in next month's crucial parliamentary election.

His appointment marks a milestone in the rebuilding of France's political landscape, which has been ignited by the election of Mr Macron - the first president of modern France not from the country's mainstream left or right parties.

"There will be more convergence, firstly between France and Germany, and we think France and Germany should play the role of the engine". Macron wants deeper security cooperation with Europe, but he may find it hard to break the mould of predecessors Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.

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A day after his inauguration, the fervently pro-EU Macron made his first trip overseas to Germany, the other half of the power couple driving European integration.

Although he won the May 7 election against National Front candidate Marine Le Pen with 66% of the vote, his party was only founded previous year and has never held a single National Assembly seat.

"What's interesting for Europe is how much Macron can revive the Franco-German relationship and make it the backbone of a new, successful European Union", Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform in London, said in an interview.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had warned that such deep-reaching reforms would require treaty changes, which were "not realistic" at a time when Europe was hit by a surge of anti-euro populism.

The meeting's warm tone reflected rising hopes in Germany that Mr. Macron may be able to deliver what officials in Berlin have long demanded: a convincing overhaul of France's tightly regulated economy that would jump-start growth in the eurozone's second-largest economy.

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"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.