March 18, 2019 / 12:56 PM / a year ago

German FinMin welcomes Macron efforts to stimulate EU debate

BERLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Monday welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to stimulate debate about the future of the European project with an open letter published earlier this month.

“Our problem is that we have, from my point of view, 27 monologues - or 28 at this time,” Scholz said of debate on the future of the European Union.

“But we should have a real European debate and this is the real advantage you get from the proposals from Macron - that he is starting a European debate,” he added, speaking at a World Policy Forum conference in Berlin.

Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Madeline Chambers

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