German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a joint press conference with Austria's new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (unseen) at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 17, 2018. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron will spend more than five hours together in Paris Friday, putting on a show of Franco-German unity as they try to agree on reforms to the euro zone.At an EU summit in Brussels last month, the two said they hoped to come up with shared reform proposals by March, with Macron having pushed the idea of a standalone budget and a single finance minister for the currency bloc.France and Germany, which account for 50 percent of euro zone output, are essential to the reform drive.When it comes to euro zone reform, while Germany and France often put on a strong show of political unity and shared intent, the devil is always in the detail.
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