Macron faces headwinds

French President Emmanuel Macron faces headwinds from Berlin for his reform plans for the European Union, reports Politico on April 18. Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc is wary of any form of “fiscal transfer,” and her Social Democrat coalition partners are too weak to fight for their more eurozone-friendly ideas. The article quotes Delors Institut senior researcher Lucas Guttenberg, who increasingly doubts “whether even a minimal reform can be achieved by [the next European Council in] June.”

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