- Macron Wants to Create a “Group for the Rebuilding of Europe” in the Coming Weeks
by ERIC MAURICE, https://euobserver.com/
Macron to sell EU plan in Tallinn
French president Emmanuel Macron will start his campaign to convince fellow EU leaders to support his EU reform propoosals on Thursday (28 September).
At an informal dinner in Tallinn, Estonia, Macron will explain to his colleagues how he wants his ideas, laid out in a speech on Tuesday, to become the basis for a roadmap that would be elaborated before next summer.
On Tuesday, he said that he wanted to create “in the coming weeks” a so-called “group for the rebuilding of Europe”, with representatives from all interested member states and from EU institutions.
Before the Tallinn dinner, which was organised ahead of an EU digital summit on Friday, Macron will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel, whose support will be necessary if his initiative is to take off.
On Wednesday, Merkel’s spokesman said that she welcomed Macron’s proposals “with an open mind”, but that it was “too early for a detailed assessment”. “The chancellor welcomes the fact that the French president spoke with so much verve, with so much European passion, and that he presented a lot of substance for the upcoming and essential debate about the future of Europe,” Steffen Seibert said.
Macron’s ideas did not come as a surprise to the chancellor, who had spoken twice with the French leader ahead of his speech on Tuesday. On Monday, she signalled that she would “not rule out anything or set red lines,” and that her christian-democrat CDU/CSU party would “support what makes sense”.