German and French leaders meet to shape plans for the future of the EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her mobile device while awaiting the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte before talks at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Markus Schreiber / Associated Press) [19659002] by Associated Press

BERLIN – The leaders of Germany and France meet to coordinate the two main positions of the European powers on the future of the European Union, before the EU summit next week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will join the ministers of both countries on Tuesday in a government guest house outside Berlin.

Earlier this month, Merkel delivered a long-awaited response to Macron's proposals last fall for the 28-nation EU reform. The two leaders agree on the need to strengthen the eurozone of 19 countries and reform EU migration rules, for example, but they still have to agree on the details.

The meeting takes place when Merkel faces the demands of her own conservative bloc to turn to support some immigrants on the borders of Germany. She is looking for an agreement with other European leaders.

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