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Macron And Merkel Pledge Cooperation On EU Reforms

Macron And Merkel Pledge Cooperation On EU Reforms

Germany's stance that the United Kingdom can't access the European Union's single market without accepting its free-movement principles will be shored up by a like-minded leader in Paris, Michael Fuchs, a deputy parliamentary caucus chief of Merkel's Christian Democrat-led bloc, said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Tuesday.

In another nod to the importance of Europe for Mr Macron, Sylvie Goulard, a centrist lawmaker in the European Parliament who speaks four languages and is better known in Brussels than in Paris, was named defence minister.

Ahead of his visit, Macron's ideas on reforming the eurozone - including setting up a separate budget, legislature and finance minister for the currency bloc - had sparked scepticism in Berlin.

"In the past, the subject of treaty change was a French taboo".

"We need to re-establish the European project", said the French president, who added that for this change to occur it is necessary to "repair the trust" in the "historic relationship" between Paris and Berlin, while Merkel spoke of giving the two countries a "new dynamic" and a "new push".

"I have never favored mutualizing existing debt".

The government is led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a conservative.

"We are ready for institutional reforms and new agreements", Macron added.

EDF shares, which were down 2.5 per cent at 9.23 euros just before the announcement, fell further and stood almost five percent down on the day following the news of Mr Hulot's nomination.

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Philippe, a little known 46-year-old MP and mayor of the northern port of Le Havre, comes from the moderate wing of the right-wing Republicans party and is seen as a pragmatist.

The visit comes as the German Chancellor, who is looking to win a fourth term as chancellor in federal elections in September, celebrates a big election win for her party.

Indeed, Macron, a former investment banker, will be counting on winning votes for his party from center-right supporters in that round of elections.

Philippe - a moderate member of the Republicans party - is seen as Macron's Trojan horse on the right.

Alain Juppe, a former French prime minister, called Mr Philippe "a man of great talent" with "all the qualities to handle the hard job".

His appointment marks a milestone in the rebuilding of France's political landscape, which has been ignited by the election of Mr Macron - the first president of modern France not from the country's mainstream left or right parties.

Germany is keen to continue the Franco-German diplomatic drive to keep a lid on the situation in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are battling the government.

Juppe today praised him as "a very talented man".

Philippe said that, despite its diversity, the cabinet was built to last, but his assertion is likely to be tested over the coming weeks and months. A new failure could jinx her ambition to unite her National Front party and to make it the top opposition to Macron's government.

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