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French, Greek Leaders Meet in Paris to Discuss Eurozone Aspirations

PARIS Ė Franceís President Emmanuel Macron met in Paris on Friday with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, to discuss the European Unionís future, and more specifically the French reform proposal of the Eurozone, according to Elysee palace sources speaking to EFE.

Macron met Tsipras to discuss bilateral and European matters and update their common agenda in the wake of Macronís visit to Athens last September focusing on French investments in Greece and further cooperation in the area of Defense

The same Elysee sources stated that both leaders also focused on the EUís future challenges, in accordance with the speeches given by Macron at the Pnyx hill in Athens and at Parisí Sorbonne University, where he laid-out his proposal regarding the EUís reform.

Although both European leaders were expected to hold a joint press conference after their meeting, it was canceled at the last minute with no further explanation.

During his visit in September, Macron spoke of creating a ďstrongĒ Eurozone that would include an EU Minister of Economy and a European Monetary Fund financial institution aimed at improving the EUís response to a crisis such as the one experienced by Greece in 2008.

Macron also commended the economic reforms launched by Tsipras and encouraged his cabinet to continue their efforts so that next year Greece can exit its now seven-year-old financial rescue program.

It was precisely the Greek Prime minister who warned during an interview published Friday in daily Le Figaro newspaper of the risk the EU making decisions behind closed doors.

Tsipras said Europe could not be a discussion forum for technocrats or political leaders where only the most powerful and persuasive can ultimately impose their choice, naming Germany as one of his examples.

Tsipras also said that, regardless of their respective political viewpoints, both political and ideologically, he and Macron share the same vision for Europe.

 

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