Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Germany calls for de-escalation in Middle East

Germany calls for de-escalation in Middle East

Merkel, who spoke before Macron received the Charlemagne Prize - an annual award bestowed by the city of Aachen - commended his "enthusiasm... commitment (and)... courage" in support of European integration.

European leaders failed in their lobbying of the U.S. to retain the nuclear deal and have been equally unsuccessful in keeping him within the Paris climate accord to limit global warning.

Macron's advisers, however, are keen to promote the official line that the glass remains half-full, even though it keeps emptying by the month.

Macron and Merkel have promised to agree a common roadmap for the future of the European Union by the time of a major summit in Brussels in June.

Famed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is quite furious over the political state of his home country Germany, so much so that in an interview on Thursday with France's Le Point, he went so far as threatening to give up his German citizenship.

But it is now time for "Germany to draw up its response by June" on proposed European reforms, Macron said.

Commenting on President Macron's address to the European Parliament in April, Alexander Dobrint, of the Bavarian CSU, clearly objected to the idea of a Eurozone finance minister.

But, while lavish in her praise for the 40-year-old Macron since he swept to power a year ago, the German chancellor is ironically proving the biggest obstacle to his ambitions for a more politically and economically integrated Europe.

While the two leaders continue to promote common initiatives on migration, defense and security, they are politely at odds when it comes to economics and finance, with Merkel reluctant to take steps that could be construed as Germany bearing greater liability for other euro zone countries' problems. Trump already made public his intentions in campaign, but analysts hoped that everything would remain in populist barrages against Union to win elections.

It was "not acceptable" for the U.S. to be the "economic policeman of the planet", he said.

"Germany, France and Britain have decided that we will abide by the agreement, and we will do everything we can to see that Iran also abides by its responsibilities in the future", said Merkel.

"It is with regret and concern that we, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, take note of President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", the statement said.

US President Donald Trump faced a May 12 deadline to decide whether to reinstate anti-Iran sanctions, which were lifted under the JCPOA.

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