France is about to elect a new president. However, in many banlieues where there is high unemployment and crime – for example in Marseille - few are interested in the campaign. Many have lost faith in politics.
The pair emphasized the need for an "independent" Europe ahead of EU elections next year. They are also set to discuss migration and Brexit ahead of a bloc summit on September 20.
Greece's leader has argued that the 2019 EU parliamentary elections are not just a run-of-the-mill vote. With members at odds over migration, Brexit and rising right-wing populism, Europe's soul depends on the outcome.
French President Emmanuel Macron picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini. He's right to do so since strength is the right, and only, response to right-wing populists, says DW's Max Hofmann.
Successive governments have tried to find answers for France’s disaffected banlieues — a code word for the high-crime suburbs that surround Paris. Can French President Emmanuel Macron succeed where others have failed?
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