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.
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.
The French president has praised Philippe Petain as a WWI hero, "shocking" France's Jewish leaders. Petain later collaborated with the Nazis and was responsible for the deportation and death of tens of thousands of Jews.
The German chancellor has given an impassioned speech on the merits of international cooperation and multilateralism. She warned against "destructive isolationism" at the inauguration of the Paris Peace Forum.
The US president has said his French counterpart's comment about the need to create an EU army was "very insulting." Trump is set to take part in ceremonies in France to mark the 100 years since the end of World War I.
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