Merkron? France's Macron seeks close ties with Germany to shore up EU

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"We will tax large inheritances more strongly", said the draft manifesto of the SPD, which is junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition and whose leader Martin Schulz will run against her in the September 24 election. "And if in this process, there must be institutional changes and new treaties, we are ready", Macron said.

"We agreed that we want to develop a road map for the European Union's medium-term perspectives", she said in a joint news conference with Macron.

Picking him would send a clear signal that Macron hopes to attract other young modernisers from the Republicans to his new centrist party, Republic on the Move (REM), which will contest parliamentary elections in June.

Emmanuel Macron was welcomed with military honors by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Monday afternoon.

"In the past, the subject of treaty change was a French taboo - it will no longer be the case".

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The pope's telegram urged Macron to "always take care to build a more just and more fraternal society, with respect to differences and attention to people who are in situations of precariousness or exclusion".

Merkel admitted on Monday that, "as things are looking at the moment, we will not reach this goal".

But Merkel papered over the differences, saying that "from the German point of view, it's possible to change the treaty if it makes sense".

In a move that will no doubt please Germany, Macron also announced the appointment of Édouard Philippe as his prime minister on Monday.

Macron's defeat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a run-off vote this month was greeted with relief by pro-EU political forces rattled by a surge in populist, Euroskeptic sentiment across the continent, including last year's Brexit referendum vote approving Britain's departure from the bloc.

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During his appearance with Merkel, he sought to drive home that he wasn't coming to Germany asking for money and that he's committed to modernizing the French economy.

Mr. Macron also called on the European Union to toughen its policies against countries that flout the rules of global trade.

During his campaign, Mr Macron had thrown up ideas on reforming the euro zone, noting that the currency bloc can not go on as it is if it wanted to avoid falling prey to protest and populism.

Macron's proposals for a common eurozone budget and a finance minister to represent the 19-nation single currency area got a very cool welcome in a Germany which sees no gain in being responsible for any spendthrift partners.

"I am not a promoter of the mutualisation of old debt" within the eurozone, said Macron after meeting Merkel, adding however that the joint financing of future projects should be considered. The German media initially embraced Macron's victory, with headlines like "France says yes to Europe", "Macron wins it for Europe", and "No Frexit" greeting readers the morning after the election victory. He sought on Monday to show solidarity with Germany on the migrant crisis - an issue on which Merkel has pressed for European Union countries to work together - by saying that a common asylum policy was one area where Paris could cooperate with Berlin.

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