Strengthen the axis between Paris and Berlin, reframing the European Union and, if necessary, also change the Treaties. These are the key points of the first meeting between the newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron – that took office at the Eliseo on Sunday -, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
The Changing World
A world in constant evolution, that changes. This is the image that Frau Merkel wanted to use to underline the importance to not remain shelved in the old agreements. And even the youngest French president of history, has echoed her, explaining that Paris and Berlin are in front of a “historical moment”. The two together have relaunched in a very clear way the Franco-German axis, from which “a new dynamism in Europe” shall arise.
A “no conflict relation with Germany”
The young president, explained that he does not want “a conflictual relationship, but one of ever greater confidence” with the neighbouring Germany. Referring then to vote of two weeks ago – where a strong abstentionism and a massive vote for Marine Le Pen have been registered – Macron stressed the importance of the reforms that are needed for France, but which can also be useful to Europe. It is also necessary, has added a “new dynamics” for Europe and for the Eurozone.
A European Right of Asylum and more jobs
“We have decided to work together in a very close way”, explained the chancellor, adding that there are various priorities in which cooperation between the two countries can be strengthened in a decisive manner, from a “European Right of Asylum” to the creation of new jobs. “I am aware of my responsibility in this difficult moment for Europe – adds Merkel, strong of the very positive outcome of the elections in North Rhine Westphalia yesterday – this is a time of renewal for Europe, and each one of us must do his part in this”.