Europe must face up to the crises of migration, debt and war in eastern Ukraine and the Middle East. That's the message from the French and German leaders, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel, in a joint speech to the European parliament.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has received French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin to discuss his grand EU vision. But Macron's vision of a banking union, in particular, doesn't sit well with German conservatives.
The French president's urgent demands for EU reform could well be slowed down when he visits Berlin this week. Angela Merkel's conservatives are not on board with his plans to expand the bloc's bailout program.
One year into his term, French President Emmanuel Macron has set out to reform his country and the EU. Now he's learning that progress in Europe moves at a snail's pace, says DW's Barbara Wesel.
In his first speech before the European Parliament, France's Emmanuel Macron called for energetic changes and open debate with EU citizens. Macron also decried the bickering among EU politicians as a "fool's game."
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