Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Macron urges Germany to confront 'damaging' budget discipline

French Defense Minister Florence Parly French Defense Minister Florence Parly
| 11 May, 2018, 04:42

Europe can not put all of its trust in the USA when it comes to protection and should instead "take its destiny into its own hands", German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

European leaders and Iran have said that they will seek to uphold the nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States.

The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, a move Israel had long advocated.

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to confront the damage that Germany's obsession with budget discipline is doing to the European project.

Europe must take its destiny into its own hands, said Merkel. "That is the task for the future".

This statement comes a day after Israel attacked multiple Iranian military targets in Syria in response to a failed attempt to fire missiles into Israeli territory.


"The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace".

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said a compromise will be found between Paris and Berlin on controversial issues, but he also warned that "we are opposed to harmonising public debt in Europe", adding that Berlin is against a "transfer union".

He said he would have speak with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by the end of the week to "explore what the possibilities are" to avoid the sanctions, including possible exemptions.

Nevertheless, she stressed that the European powers viewed the accord as an "important pillar that we should never call into question".

The German's kind words did not soften Mr Macron's speech as he ripped into Berlin's budget surplus "fetish".

"We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region will be the guarantor of stability", he said.

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