Despite the warm welcome from almost all corners of Europe, the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, made it clear during his presidential campaign that he wants to reform the EU, otherwise the rise of nationalists and populists will be unstoppable.
Some of Macron’s ideas for reform might lead to clashes on the European political minefield – either with the EU, or with heavyweight capitals on the continent.
Here are some of the potentially explosive issues:
It’s the economy, stupid
Macron will have to deal swiftly with the French budget, as the European Commission is rolling out its forecast for European economies on Thursday (11 May).
France will likely miss the 2017 budgetary targets, and could be in danger of facing penalties.
EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned on Monday (8 May) in Berlin that the “French spend too much money and spend it on the wrong things”.
“That can’t go well in the long-run with relatively high debt,” Juncker said.
“France is going to have to compromise with others…Germany is not alone in speaking out about a policy of stability, there are other countries too,” he argued, laying out the difficult job Macron has ahead of him… Read more : EUObserver, 09.05.2017