April 19, 2018 / 12:17 PM / a month ago

Merkel confident about EU reforms, optimistic on banking union

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is confident that the European Union will achieve good results on a wide spectrum of reforms, she said before talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, expressing optimism about completing a banking union.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen before welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron at the building site of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“On euro zone reform, we agree that the euro zone is not yet sufficiently crisis-proof,” said Merkel, adding one area where she was optimistic was on creating a banking union.

Merkel reiterated her position on euro zone reform, that solidarity and individual states’ liability for their own risks must be linked.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Madeline Chambers

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