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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