May 15, 2017 / 7:01 PM / in 6 months

Germany and France agree to draw up roadmap on developing EU

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, agreed on Monday to develop a medium-term roadmap on how to deepen European Union integration and make the euro zone more resilient against crises.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron listen to national anthems during a ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“Germany will only do well in the long-term if Europe does well and Europe will only do well if there is a strong France,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Macron, adding their governments would hold a meeting on key issues in July.

Merkel said that, from Germany’s viewpoint, it would be possible to change EU treaties, adding: “I would be ready to do this, but first we will work on what we want to reform.”

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Catherine Evans

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