"Europe brought forward at top speed"
France's head of state Emmanuel Macron praises his cooperation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the conclusion of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.
Paris (dpa) - France's head of state Emmanuel Macron has praised his four-year cooperation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). "During these years we have brought Europe forward at top speed," Macron said in Paris on Monday following the conclusion of the Franco-German Council of Ministers. It was the last meeting of this kind with Merkel, the 43-year-old said. The chancellor, who has been in office since November 2005, does not intend to run again in the next federal elections in September.
Macron highlighted the 750 billion euro coronavirus reconstruction programme agreed by the EU last year, which is financed in part via EU debt, describing it as a "historic agreement". Referring to a possible push for another aid plan, he said no such project had been proposed so far. "In the coming months we will determine whether we need additional ambition." The EU must not fall behind the US and China in exiting the coronavirus crisis, he said.
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