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Hurdles to Franco-German grand bargain on eurozone high as political views differ

Paris wants deeper integration of the currency bloc but Berlin plays it cool ahead of elections this year
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 05:50

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Mr Macron (centre) wants to strengthen the eurozone with help from German Chancellor Angela Merkel but people close to her say they do not expect her to make a strong case for deeper European integration during the election campaign in the lead-up to the polls.

Berlin

MIDWAY through their news conference in Berlin last month, French President Emmanuel Macron turned to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and laid out a quid pro quo on strengthening Europe's single currency project.

"Everyone has a job to do," he said.

"I have to press

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