German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture on the balcony of the chancellery, on April 19, 2018 in Berlin. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN / ALTERNATIVE CROP
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday stressed their common will to reform the EU, but without bridging their fundamental differences on economic and fiscal policy.The young French leader voiced his passion for a sweeping overhaul for a post-Brexit EU that would have "at its heart" eurozone reforms such as a common budget and finance minister, and greater "solidarity" within the bloc.Macron's proposed eurozone investment budget meanwhile was dismissed by Merkel's party as not "a top priority" when the bloc had yet to figure out how to plug the hole left in the wider EU budget by Britain's departure.Macron had Tuesday tried to breathe fresh life into his grand vision for EU reforms.Germany is not alone in slamming the brakes on Macron's drive to bolster the eurozone.
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