Because of a few choice words here and there by President Trump, the EU has felt the need to take more matters into their own hands in order to solidify and streamline the union.
Trump, who is in the French capital to attend Bastille Day celebrations on Friday, met with Macron shortly after a joint cabinet meeting between the French and German governments in which the two sides agreed to harmonize corporate taxes and make their defense industries work together. Merkel said that she’s also open to measures including a euro-area budget and an expanded role for the bloc’s financial rescue fund.
“We’ve shown that we’re prepared to reactivate Franco-German cooperation with a new elan,” Merkel told reporters in Paris alongside the new French leader.
Merkel has embraced the new French president as a key ally in helping to give the European Union a renewed sense of unity and purpose as Trump challenges long-held European positions on defense, trade and the Paris climate accord. Macron is pushing an ambitious program of liberalizing France’s labor market and cutting taxes to revive growth, partly to win German trust.