- Thank God We’re LEAVING! Macron and Merkel Plot Massive EU Power-Grab in Latest Revelation
by AURORA BOSOTTI, https://www.express.co.uk/
FRANCE AND GERMANY are rumoured to be plotting to strengthen their partnership to further expand their influence on the European Union.
France and Germany have long shared a strong partnership on European Union issues, with Chancellor Angela Merkel putting fellow leader Emmanuel Macron’s plans for EU reform at the centre of her coalition talks. French MEP Jean Arthuis claimed Ms Merkel could push for an even stronger alliance should she succeed in forming a majority government after leaving Germany without formal leadership for months.
Speaking to Euronews, Mr Arthuis said: “If this grand coalition is formed, I think it will be favourable to Europe. “Strengthening the Franco-German relationship will be good. Also beyond the partnership to the rest of the European partnership.”
The German leader is struggling on through months of political uncertainty following an inconclusive election in September. But her decision to seek a political partnership with the pro-EU Social Democratic Party (SPD) could signal Ms Merkel is prepared to make concessions on EU-related issues.
Sealing a deal with the SPD to renew their ‘grand coalition’, which has governed Germany since 2013, would be Ms Merkel’s best chance of securing a fourth term in office after the election weakened both parties. Mr Macron’s plans are supported by SPD leader Martin Schulz, who wants more investment in the eurozone and has even called for a ‘United States of Europe’ to bring the bloc closer together.