Macron promises French reform on Berlin visit

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes to attract young modernisers ahead of June parliamentary elections

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes to attract young modernisers to his party ahead of June parliamentary electionsMore

France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

In return, Mr Macron said that he would work with Ms Merkel on a "road map" and that they needed to work on "deep reforms that are necessary and need common work".

About potential changes on the main EU treaties, Merkel said the union can not resist the transformations across the world.

The French President also called for a "less bureaucratic" European Union that "better protects" its citizens, and he categorically ruled out the so-called "eurobonds" n a proposal launched during the Eurozone crisis that would consist of combining debts among countries sharing the common currency, something to which Berlin is vehemently opposed.

Alexis Kohler, Mr Macron's new general secretary, announced the news from the steps of the Elysee Palace on Monday, the day after Mr Macron's inauguration and after hours of intense speculation in France.

Philippe is a close associate of former prime minister Alain Juppe, who leads LR's moderate wing, and his mentor was more positive.

Philippe's age reinforced the generational shift in France's corridors of power and the image of youthful vigor that Macron is cultivating.

There, the 39-year-old leader urged a "historic reconstruction" of Europe to battle populism sweeping the continent, following his defeat of far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Philippe is the mayor of the Normandy port of Le Havre, a trained lawyer and an author of political thrillers. Macron founded the party En Marche! just ahead of the presidential elections, and so his nascent organization is at a colossal disadvantage in these crucial parliamentary elections, where all 577 seats are up for grabs.

Macron said in Berlin Monday there must be a "less bureaucratic" Europe and that he is ready to change European Union treaties if needed. "She likes substance, she likes people who are hands on and she knows he won't take her for a ride", said the minister. He's also a member of the mainstream-right party Les Républicains that was badly battered by Macron's victory in the presidential campaign. Macron previously met Merkel when he visited Berlin in March as a candidate.

Hoping to break through entrenched boundaries, new French President Emmanuel Macron picked a conservative prime minster.

Germany is looking to Macron to revitalize France as an economic power and political heavyweight in an European Union facing complex divorce proceedings with Britain. His appointment would be seen as an effort by the centrist Macron to build a majority in parliament by drawing in politicians from the right.

"I am not a promoter of the mutualisation of old debt" within the eurozone, said Mr Macron after meeting Dr Merkel, adding however that the joint financing of future projects should be considered.

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