- FRANCE v EU: Emmanuel Macron Warns European Leaders They Have ONE YEAR to Reform Bloc
by MARK CHANDLER, http://www.express.co.uk/
EMMANUEL Macron has challenged EU leaders including Angela Merkel to sort out reform of the bloc within a year.
The French President set out his own blueprint for a more tightly integrated union last month, calling for a string of changes including a shared budget and joint defence force. And he warned yesterday that member states only had one year before the 2019 European Parliament elections to sort out reforms. Mr Macron set the deadline during a speech at Goethe University in Frankfurt before a later public appearance with Mrs Merkel.
He told the audience in Germany: “I believe that, if you have a vision, you shouldn’t go to the doctor but you should open a debate. “I think we need to start the debate, we have a year to clarify and draw up a common roadmap.”
The president said he wanted to meet Mrs Merkel more often so the pair could thrash out the EU’s future. He asked: “If we are ready for common policies on security, digital infrastructure, energy, migration, the fight against terrorism, then who can explain to me why we can’t have a common eurozone budget?”