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Germany's FDP joins far right in seeking parliamentary inquiry on migrant policy

Five-Stars Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks to supporters during a meeting in Naples Italy 29 May 2018 Five-Stars Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks to supporters during a meeting in Naples Italy 29 May 2018
Elsie Buchanan | 05 June, 2018, 16:18

Lawmakers from Merkel's conservative bloc have been cold to Macron's proposal, saying they are wary that his call for more solidarity could see German taxpayers' money used to fund profligate member states. Earl Howe, the junior defence minister, said last month: "It will help to achieve what we are looking for, which is a deep and special partnership with our European colleagues in defence and security".

Germany's Angela Merkel has offered her most detailed response to French President Emmanuel Macron's ideas for reforming Europe, seeking to avert a damaging rift with Paris at a time of high anxiety over Italy and growing transatlantic tensions.

Germany's Bundeswehr would not need to participate in all such European missions, Merkel said, and would join "to the extent of the possibilities of a parliamentary army".

In addition to a banking and capital markets union, the euro zone should turn the ESM into an EMF with powers to give member states hit by sovereign debt troubles shorter-term credit lines, Merkel said. She has said in the past that Europe can no longer fully rely on others and that it must take its fate into its own hand, alluding to disagreements with U.S. President Donald Trump. Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer called her silence a "scandal" and Timothy Garton Ash, the author and Oxford historian, labelled it "pathetic".

The two countries are expected to agree a joint road map for European Union reforms later this month.

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"The chancellor is revitalizing the European overhaul process that has been started to strengthen Europe's ability to act in an uncertain and unstable world", one EU official said. They will then seek approval for the plan from fellow European leaders at a summit on June 28-29.

German officials have increasingly voiced their frustration with the US government's decisions to abandon key global accords, including the Iran nuclear deal, and impose restrictions on worldwide trade that threaten Germany's large export sector.

She backed the step-by-step introduction of a euro zone investment budget in the low double-digit billions of euros, saying this could be housed within the European Union budget or outside.

The fund should be equipped with tools to monitor government budget policies and address concerns about fiscal sustainability, she said.

Macron has repeatedly expressed impatience with what he sees as foot-dragging by Merkel, who was tied up with five months of coalition building after an inconclusive general election in September.

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