Next week, Angela Merkel will welcome the fourth French president of her chancellorship to Berlin.
In Emmanuel Macron, she will meet the man who staved off the far-right threat and possibly saved the European Union from breaking apart, but also a man whose ambitious ideas for shaking up the eurozone are anathema to many in Germany, particularly in her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.
Macron’s resounding victory over the National Front candidate and arch eurosceptic, Marine Le Pen, last Sunday (7 May) was greeted with massive relief across the political spectrum in Berlin.
But almost immediately, there were also the first voices of scepticism on the young politician’s proposals, including a common finance minister, a budget for the eurozone, and an investment program funded by a form of eurobonds.
The incoming French president has already turned into a German political issue, with the two biggest parties, partners in the current coalition – the CDU and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) – seizing on the opportunity to carve out opposing approaches to him in the run up to the 24 September general election…
Read more : EUObserver, 12.05.2017