French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday they aim to reach a common position on eurozone reform by March of next year.
“There are different suggestions on the table, and I discussed with the French president yesterday that we will bring positions together by March,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with Macron at the end of the European Council summit in Brussels.
Merkel said there was agreement that “we aim for a banking union” and that finance ministers would negotiate the steps to advance that project.
On discussions over a future eurozone budget, Macron played down the importance of the size of such a budget. He said the important thing would be to first define the aims of a eurozone budget and the size would then follow from that.
Asked if he thought France and Germany could reach a common position on eurozone reform, Macron said: “I don’t just think so, I want it.”
Merkel, for her part, said: “I want it, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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