Macron urges Merkel to fight for EU revival

AFP


French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday pleaded his case for ambitious European reforms, appealing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join forces with him and enter the debate.

Speaking in Frankfurt, where he opened the German city's annual book fair alongside Merkel, Macron also stressed the importance of culture in the "redefining" of Europe.

"There is no Europe without culture," he told the audience, highlighting the crucial role language, educational exchanges and the arts have to play in combatting "the languor" gripping the continent.