France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture at the end of the Charlemagne prize award ceremony on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, western Germany. AFP / LUDOVIC MARIN
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France's President Emmanuel Macron Thursday pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to move decisively and quickly on reforming the European Union, saying the bloc's largest economy must look past its "fetish" for surpluses and bring about change at a critical juncture.A year after he took office, Macron voiced his impatience at a Germany that has so far proved resistant to his flagship reform proposals for the eurozone including a common finance minister and budget to drive growth.Macron urged Europeans to stand up against diktats from abroad.Crucially, the German leader was silent on Macron's call for a common eurozone budget.Macron and Merkel have promised to agree a common road map for the future of the European Union by the time of a major summit in Brussels in June.
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