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Macron to hold talks with Merkel in Berlin on first day of new job

Emmanuel Macron will head to Berlin on Monday - the day after he is inaugurated as the new president of France - to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Macron to hold talks with Merkel in Berlin on first day of new job
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Emmanuel Macron for talks in Berlin on Monday, a day after the new French
president is due to take office.

Their meeting will take place “late afternoon on Monday”, said Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert.

The German leader had welcomed Macron's win in France, saying he “carries the hopes of millions of French people and also many in Germany and across Europe.”

President-elect Macron was welcomed by Merkel when he visited Berlin in March whilst on the campaign trail.

The 39-year-old had stressed his “common ground” with the German chancellor on economic reform, fiscal discipline and Europe's future.

The former economy minister had also he wanted to strengthen ties with Germany.
 
“I haven't forgotten I am only here as a candidate but I saw a lot of common ground with the chancellor, as well as a lot with President (Frank-Walter) Steinmeier,” he had told reporters outside her chancellery after whirlwind talks during his one-day visit.
 
The symbolism of Macron meeting Merkel on his first full day as president won't be lost on the far right Marine Le Pen who had criticized Macron for being pro-EU and said if he won then France will remain under Merkel's rule.
 
“In any case, France will be governed by a woman, either me or Angela Merkel,” Le Pen said during the live election debate.
 
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Thursday underlined common ground with Macron in Germany and France's bid to bolster the European Union, which has been buffeted by Britain's decision to quit the bloc.
 
Schaeuble said both he and Macron are in favour of creating a parliament for the 19-country eurozone.
 
“A eurozone parliament could be set up, made up of European parliamentarians, which would have consultative powers” for moving forward the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Schaeuble said.
 
When Nicolas Sarkozy was president of France alongside Merkel the pair were dubbed “Merkozy” due to their efforts to solve the euro debt crisis.
 
When François Hollande took over from Sarkozy the new name “Merklande” was used but it didn't really stick.
 
But if Macron succeeds in forging ties with the German chancellor to tackle issues such as the refugee crisis and the threat caused by Brexit, perhaps it won't be long until the press are talking about “Merkron” or “Macrel”?.

 

EMMANUEL MACRON

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

 
The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.
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