>> Just a day after his official inauguration, the independent centrist taking on a trip to Germany at the first available opportunity. French president, Emmanuel Macron, cozying up to German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. His camp says it wants to relaunch the European project and stress the importance of reinvigorating the Franco-German relationship.
The Chancellor applauded Macron's resounding victory in the French Presidential election. But her ruling coalition is at odds over how to respond to his calls for closer EU integration. Some of her conservatives fear that the Euro zone could turn into a transfer union where Germany pays for struggling states that resist reforms.
Macron's first trip sending an important message. Ramming home that the European Union is resilient despite Britain's vote to leave and a spate of financial and migration crises that have boosted the far right across the bloc. Macron and Merkel say they want to kickstart ties with an alliance some German media have dubbed Merkron.