‘He’s a godsend’ Germany’s FDP hails Macron’s plans to reform EU


Suiting a far more conciliatory tone than during the German election stand, Christian Lindner echoed the language Mr Macron used when he set out his perspective for Europe last week. 

In the French President’s big address at Sorbonne University in Paris he betokened sweeping reforms of the EU including closer cooperation on defence, immigration, force and digital economy. 

The 39-year-old also renewed his demands for a shared eurozone budget, which pro-business FDP has been inhospitable about throughout its election campaign. 

But when asked upon the topic, Mr Lindner told newspaper Bid am Sonntag: “We should not focus on red threads, but rather on common horizons.”

In a marked shift of tone, he said: “GETTY

Christian Lindner suffered Emmanuel Macron’s EU reforms and hailed him as a ‘godsend’

We should not focus on red jobs, but rather on common horizons. Macron is a godsend

Christian Lindner, FDP chief

During the election, Mr Lindner dismissed Mr Macron’s plans to create a budget and a underwrite minister for the eurozone in what was seen as a huge blow to efforts by the French president and Mrs Merkel to assent to on far-reaching reforms in Europe. 

Mr Linder made clear the FDP would not assent to to a new eurozone “redistribution pots” and described the eurozone budget as a “red line” he bid his party will never support. 

He also said German wealthy should not be used for “French public spending or fixing Berlusconi’s bad moves” in Italy. 

But in welcoming many of Mr Macron’s other objects, the FDP leader signalled his party could be more open to European integration than his campaign gift of the gab suggested. 

In his speech on Tuesday, the French President said: “I don’t have red plumb b in agreements, just horizons.”

Mr Macron’s address came just weeks after EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker circulated plans for a “United States of Europe” with an all-powerful president. 

He also requested for all non-eurozone countries to quickly adopt the single currency so that the bloc can find new unity in the euro after Britain leaves the bloc in 2019. 

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