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Europe is waiting: Macron urges Merkel to FINALLY form coalition after breakthrough

Speaking at a joint conference with new Austrian prime minister Sebastian Kurz, the French president congratulated the German Chancellor on her initial coalition deal, hailing the terms as good for the European Union.

Mr Macron hailed at the announcement of an initial deal as “good news”, but emphasised “all of Europe, and particularly France” was impatiently waiting for Mrs Merkel to finally form her government.

He told reporters: “This morning we had good news from the other side of the Rhine. I am particularly happy and satisfied that Chancellor Merkel is able to move towards the formation of a coalition government, which is awaited by all of Europe, and particularly France.”

Nearly four months after the September 24 election that plunged Germany into uncertainty, Mr Macron is eager to see his key EU ally turn its focus back to the bloc.

The French president is counting on the support of the German government to push through his Eurozone reforms, which include the creation of a Euro finance minister.

Although Mrs Merkel and her CDU showed some scepticism towards the French president’s plans for further fiscal integration, her prospective coalition partners, the SPD, immediately warmed to Mr Macron’s proposals.

In the 28-page document outlining the CDU and SPD’s , the parties backed the idea of an “investment budget” for the single currency bloc and turning the ESM bailout mechanism into a full-blown European Monetary Fund under parliamentary control and anchored in EU law.

Martin Schulz, leader of the SPD, said: “Together, we are determined to use Germany’s strength, both economically and politically, to make Europe a grand project again. This is our common goal.”

Macron has expressed some scepticism about the CDU-SPD propositions for EU reform, as he personally does not back the creation of a European Monetary Fund, believing it is enough to make some minor changes to the ESM.

However the plans bring Germany much closer to his views on the eurozone.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also .

He said: “In terms of the substance I’m very happy with what the CDU/CSU and the SPD have agreed. It is a significant, positive, forward-looking contribution to European policy debate in Europe.”

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