Saturday, May 30, 2015

France-Macron calls for Europe “two-speed” –

PARIS, May 31 (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron defends in the Sunday newspaper the idea of ​​Europe “two-speed” with a “vanguard of the euro area” and “timely” a reform of the European treaties, that France and Germany seem to exclude, at least for now.

“We have to accept that Europe is done at two speeds, that there is a united and differentiated union. There is a history to 28 (European Union-Ed) and a story to 19 (the euro area-Ed), “said the French Minister of Economy in the JDD.

“Europe 28 must be simpler, clearer, better and keep moving on digital and energy,” he said.

“The forefront of the euro area needs it, move towards greater solidarity and integration: a common budget, a common debt capacity and fiscal convergence, “he adds

. “The important thing is the project. The Treaty change is a modality that follows; ready on time,” says Emmanuel Macron, which specifies not to “bring the government spokesman,” but speak “to advance the collective debate.”

In a column published Friday by the newspaper Bild, the German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel called on Germany and France to pursue European construction without necessarily wait for other countries to follow the same rhythm the Union.

According to the JDD, the two men must make public joint proposals this week.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who wants a EU reform before a referendum on keeping his country in the EU by the end of 2017, invited his European counterparts to be “imaginative”.

His request However, a revision of the treaties is a red line in Paris and Berlin.

According to a document that Reuters was able to consult, France and Germany seem to light a fire against developing a project to strengthen cooperation between the 19 countries of the euro zone without touching the existing treaties. (China Labbé, edited by Bertrand Boucey)


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