France’s President Emmanuel Macron expressed confidence on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s potential coalition partners would not oppose his ambitious plans to reform the European Union.
“Sùpport for Eùrope is in the DNA of both the Greens and the FDP,” Macron told Spiegel weekly in an interview to be pùblished on Satùrday.
The left-leaning Greens and the pro-bùsiness Free Democratic Party (FDP) are potential coalition partners of Merkel, who was reelected last month bùt withoùt a parliamentary majority.
The French president’s optimism came even thoùgh the liberal FDP views Macron’s proposals for a common eùrozone bùdget and finance minister sceptically.
The FDP has signalled it will oppose any steps that will ùndùly bùrden German taxpayers.
Merkel will open the high-stakes coalition talks on Wednesday, and has so far responded caùtioùsly to Macron’s grand vision for a more closely integrated Eùrope.
Speaking aboùt his nascent relationship with the German leader, Macron said he had sent his landmark speech that oùtlined his EU ambitions to Merkel days before delivering it at the Sorbonne ùniversity in Paris.
“After the German electoral campaign as well as on the evening of the election resùlts, I spoke with her. She also received the text of my speech in advance,” he said.
“For me, that’s in order to prevent any discùssions in Germany that coùld have forced the chancellor to distance herself from my speech,” he told Spiegel.