Angela Merkel says Germany must help France's Emmanuel Macron succeed

Germany must help new French President Emmanuel Macron to succeed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Reuters May 22, 2017 17:28:46 IST
Angela Merkel says Germany must help France's Emmanuel Macron succeed

Germany must help new French President Emmanuel Macron to succeed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, saying she hoped he manages to fight unemployment in France and adding that the best way to counter populists was to solve problems.

Angela Merkel says Germany must help Frances Emmanuel Macron succeed

File image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. AP

Macron is due to meet unions on Tuesday to discuss labour reform. He has said he intends to use executive decrees as soon as this summer to reform labour laws in a country where unemployment remains high at 9.6 percent.

Asked about Germany's large trade surplus during an event at a school in Berlin, Merkel said her country could invest more even if domestic demand is already the driving force of economic growth.

The centre-right chancellor added that reasons for the surplus included a euro that is weak due to the European Central Bank's expansionary monetary policy and a low oil price.

On Saturday, Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) rival had said that he would model his campaign for the upcoming federal election on that of Macron, an outsider who was voted in as French President two weeks ago.

Martin Schulz, trying to regain momentum after a shock election loss in Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia last week, the SPD's third defeat this year, said Macron's win showed a pro-European campaign could work.

"I will do exactly the same. We need a strong impulse for Europe that also stirs up a new enthusiasm for Europe," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Bundesliga: Erling Haaland shines as Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig; Schalke thrash Hoffenheim 4-0
Sports

Bundesliga: Erling Haaland shines as Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig; Schalke thrash Hoffenheim 4-0

Haaland is the first player to score 25 goals in his first 25 Bundesliga games and the 20-year-old has now netted 35 goals in 34 games in all competitions for Dortmund.

European football matchday: AS Roma visit Lazio in capital derby; Leverkusen away at surprise package Union Berlin
Sports

European football matchday: AS Roma visit Lazio in capital derby; Leverkusen away at surprise package Union Berlin

AS Roma are third in the standings, three points behind Inter Milan and six below league leaders AC Milan.

Bundesliga: Dani Olmo fires RB Leipzig top ahead of Bayern Munich; Schalke lose yet again
Sports

Bundesliga: Dani Olmo fires RB Leipzig top ahead of Bayern Munich; Schalke lose yet again

With European champions Bayern at home to strugglers Mainz on Sunday, Leipzig took the chance to go a point ahead as Olmo fired through the legs of Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.