March 5, 2019 / 10:26 AM / 2 months ago

Germany on Macron's ideas: we support discussions about future of EU

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Tuesday reacted to French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe by saying it was important that pro-European forces presented their ideas ahead of the European election due in May.

“The German government supports engaged discussions about the direction of the European Union,” a spokesman for the German government said on Tuesday, declining to give further details.

Macron made an impassioned defence of a new Europe in a newspaper column published in each of the 28 member states in which he laid out his ideas for a “European renaissance” ahead of EU elections in May.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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