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Emmanuel Macron prepares to introduce new French government

Emmanuel Macron prepares to introduce new French government

Macron traveled to Berlin a day after being sworn in, continuing a tradition of French presidents making their first foreign trip to Germany.

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is building a new government with a fresh face - lean, half-female and tasked to carry out plans to rethink labor laws and overhaul politics.

Last week, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert had said on the subject of euro bonds: "I can tell you that the federal government's dismissive attitude toward euro bonds remains valid", when asked if Germany would back Macron should he push for the creation of such financial instruments.

New French President Emmanuel Macron waves to supporters after a ceremony at the Arc of Triomphe following his formal inauguration ceremony as French President Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris.

Merkel warmly welcomed the fourth president to occupy the Elysee Palace since she came to power 12 years ago.

Macron and Merkel pledged Monday to work closely together to draw up a "road map" of reforms for the European Union, saying that they're both prepared even to implement treaty changes if needed.

A large group of onlookers, some carrying European flags, stood outside the chancellery as Macron arrived.

Merkel has praised Macron's embrace of European unity but has offered few concrete details about the way forward for German-French relations.




Philippe - a moderate member of the Republicans party whose presidential candidate crashed out in the election's first round - is seen as Macron's Trojan horse on the right.

Last week Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) - junior partner in Merkel's coalition - accused Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of the CDU of trying to "torpedo" Macron's European Union reform plans for political reasons ahead of Germany's election in September.

French President Emmanuel Macron has picked centre-right mayor of the northern port city of Le Harve, Edouard Philippe (46), as his Prime Minister.

France's far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, hoping to turn his strong showing in the presidential campaign into seats in parliament, has reacted with hostility to Edouard Philippe's appointment as prime minister.

Names circulating as potential ministers include TV personality and environmental activist Nicolas Hulot; Axelle Tessandier, who created a start-up in San Francisco before joining Mr Macron's campaign; centre-right European legislator Sylvie Goulard; and prominent centrist party leader Francois Bayrou. "Perhaps we can learn from the French in certain things".

Merkel called for "new dynamism" in the countries' relationship. She added that there have been many proposals over the years for the development of the 19-nation eurozone.

In Germany, Macron's election victory on May 7 stoked an election-year fight between Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, who said his ascent to the presidency was the signal for the chancellor to dump fiscal austerity in Europe.


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