>> France's president laying out a sweeping vision for a renewal of Europe. Emmanuel Macron calling for the EU to cooperate more closely on defense, immigration, tax, and social policy. And for the single currency block to have its own budget.>>
> We need further investment, we must have the means to withstand economic shocks.
>> But Macron is facing an uphill battle attempting to marry his vision for Europe with the new reality of German politics. He's long promised to work with Chancellor Angela Merkel to reshape Europe as Brexit negotiations near crunch time. But Germany's election result two days ago could potentially put a dampener on his plans with the rise of the far right seeing support from Merkel's conservatives slide.
Now she faces months of difficult coalition negotiations that could lead to a dead end, and limit her flexibility on Europe. One of her likely partners, the Liberal Free Democrats have already criticized many of Macron's ideas, but he didn't contour his speech to meet any demands.>>
And for those reasons, we need a stronger budget at the heart of Europe.>> By suiting out his vision now, Macron will be hoping it will be taken into consideration during Germany's coalition negotiations With fears rising around Europe, Germany is hitting for a more inward looking future. The vote bringing uncertainty amid whispers the election signals the beginning of the end for Merkel.
Macron though refusing to be shaken, stating he knows Merkel's response to his proposals will be courageous.