Macron, Merkel pledge common roadmap on eurozone reforms

France backs UK says Russia behind spy poisoning

Macron, Merkel pledge common roadmap on eurozone reforms

Germany and France are seeking to reach a basic agreement on reform of the eurozone and on the European Union asylum policy by June, the German Chancellery said Friday in a statement on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first overseas trip since here re-election.

Macron, for his part, condemned "this Russian interference".

Last week, a United Nations inquiry commission released a report accusing the Syrian regime of committing war crimes in Eastern Ghouta, an opposition-held suburb of Damascus, including the use of chemical weapons on civilians, causing mass starvation, and preventing medical evacuations.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill by the attack in the city of Salisbury, southwestern England, on March 4.

French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes Von der Muhll in an official letter sent to the members of the French media said, "In respect of an upsurge in violence in Syria, in particular, Eastern Ghouta and the Afrin region ... we would be grateful if you would give up any plans to go to this country or to send reporters there".

"We'll propose a clear, ambitious roadmap for this overhaul by June".

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Macron called for ambitious reforms of European Union institutions in September, but he was waiting for the response from Germany.

In a joint press meeting, Merkel, who was in her Paris visit since she was re-elected German chancellor, stressed that "it is more necessary than ever to move forward together".

In his remarks to state news agency WAM, Mr Macron said that the strategic relations between the UAE and France are a model of successful ties between countries while wishing that culture could be given greater attention in major co-operation projects, which will bring the two countries together.

The French president has been counting on support from Merkel, the leader of Europe's biggest economy - but almost six months of politico limbo in Germany as she struggled to form a coalition government forced him to put his plans on hold.

"We now want to find common paths ahead", she added.

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