Macron to press ahead with speech outlining vision to rebuild EU

French president will not be distracted from plans for deeper integration by tricky new coalition government in Germany

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will press ahead with a major speech on Tuesday setting out plans to “rebuild” the European Union, despite fears that a tricky new coalition government in Berlin could limit his ambitions.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel – who in recent months had cautiously warmed to Macron’s proposed radical overhaul of the eurozone – won a fourth term in office this weekend. But she faces difficult coalition talks with smaller parties in the face of opposition from the emboldened far-right, anti-Europe Alternative für Deutschland party. The prospect of Merkel now sharing power in a coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic party could create problems for Macron’s plans for deeper integration of the eurozone with a shared budget and finance minister.

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