They must have had plenty to discuss: The press meeting between German Chancellor Merkel and the newly elected French President Macron started with some delay. Both of them pointed out that they were willing to reform the European Union.
Chancellor Merkel has sought to downplay expectations from this week's EU summit for a European solution. The mini-summit of 16 EU leaders created "a lot of goodwill" to discuss EU disagreements on migration, she said.
Right-wingers in Angela Merkel's coalition have slammed her eurozone budget deal with Emmanuel Macron over asylum policy. The criticism came as she attended a World Refugee Day event with her hardline interior minister.
French President Macron has said he favors imposing financial penalties on EU states that refuse to accept migrants. His comments come on the eve of an EU summit on migration policy.
Turkey's upcoming presidential election can also been seen as a preliminary vote on the future of its accession to the EU. While German-Turkish ties remain tense, it wasn't long ago that things seemed to be promising.
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