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Emmanuel Macron's 'intimate meetings' with Merkel's successor expose France's EU masterpla

Emmanuel Macron's 'intimate meetings' with Merkel's successor expose France's EU masterpla
EMMANUEL MACRON's 'intimate meetings' with Angela Merkel's successor, Armin Laschet, might be part of a wider strategy for the future of the EU.

Mr Laschet is generally seen in line with Mrs Merkel’s views on key issues.However, while Mrs Merkel has also pushed for more European integration, the German Chancellor has adopted a more cautious approach.DON'T MISS: Italexit Facebook page reaches 50K as plot to leave emerges [EXCLUSIVE] EU to allow Northern Ireland to automatically rejoin – not Scotland [EXCLUSIVE] EU on brink as 'poor vaccine distribution' may be 'nail in coffin' [ANALYSIS] German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron Hungarian-born American billionaire investor George Soros This is why when Mrs Merkel and Mr Macron unveiled a proposal for a Recovery Fund to help the European economy back on its feet last year, many of her closest allies were stunned.” One senior adviser to Mrs Merkel’s CDU tried to explain the U-turn, saying: “The big concern is that the economic crisis will destroy the European single market and even threaten the future of the EU.

Eurobonds were strongly opposed by Mrs Merkel.If Mr Laschet wins the German elections in September 2021 and replaces Mrs Merkel as Chancellor, Mr Macron would finally find an ally ready to take a more ambitious approach when it comes to Europe.

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