French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his plan for Europe at a speech in Athens two weeks ago. He's calling for a common budget for eurozone countries, with economic powerhouse Germany sharing more of the burden for the bloc's debt.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't offer any new ideas during her long-awaited keynote speech at the European Parliament. The signal she sent was loud and clear, says DW's Bernd Riegert: Wait for my successor.
European Union leaders fear Angela Merkel's weakened power could be a liability for the bloc. When it comes to political heavyweights in Europe, the German chancellor has long been top of the list.
Merkel wants to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia pending the investigation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Macron says such calls are "pure demagoguery."
Accused of being out of touch with voters, the French president's poll ratings continue to slide ahead of EU elections in 2019. Can he boost his image before he loses the argument over Europe?
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