The European Commission says France must rein in public spending and reform its labor market and pension system. President Francois Hollande promised action but says the EU cannot tell Paris what reforms to introduce.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are meeting to discuss the future of the EU. Both have presented their proposals and DW shows where they see eye to eye — and where they are at odds.
Germany's finance minister has said he is optimistic that a road map to reform the single currency bloc will be delivered before the summer. France claims it's all necessary to reboot the EU after the setback of Brexit.
French President Emmanuel Macron is facing a sharp rebuke from a group of senior German economists, who criticized his eurozone reform plans in an open letter as risky and leading the bloc into a "liability union."
In a DW interview, Senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski defended the country's controversial judicial reforms that have been challenged by the EU. He also praised the Polish people for being Europe-friendly.
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