- ‘He’s a Godsend’ Germany’s FDP Hails Macron’s Plans to Reform EU
by IDA AKERSTEDT, http://www.express.co.uk/
THE LEADER of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) has warmly embraced Emmanuel Macron’s vision for the European Union as he hailed the French President as a “godsend”.
Adapting a far more conciliatory tone than during the German election campaign, Christian Lindner echoed the language Mr Macron used when he set out his vision for Europe last week. In the French President’s big address at Sorbonne University in Paris he announced sweeping reforms of the EU including closer cooperation on defence, immigration, energy and digital economy. The 39-year-old also renewed his demands for a shared eurozone budget, which pro-business FDP has been hostile about throughout its election campaign.
But when asked about the topic, Mr Lindner told newspaper Bid am Sonntag: “We should not focus on red lines, but rather on common horizons.” In a marked shift of tone, he said: “Macron is a godsend. More cooperation in crime fighting, the military, asylum, energy and digital is within reach.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is expected to enter talks with the FDP and the Greens in the coming weeks with the aim of forming a new three-way coalition government after a poor election performance.