>> French President, Emmanuel Macron is after the Red Carpet treatment for his EU reforms. Here at the European parliament in Strasbourg, France, he's is on a charm offensive. Met in kind with an array of pomp and ceremony. But so far his plans to breathe life into the EU project have had a muted response.
Macron believes the way to revive it post-Brexit is to push for deeper integration, a point he made when addressing EU lawmakers.>>
> The budget that we're going to discuss must be the expression of a coherent, efficient political project, based on convergence. France is willing to increase its contribution.
To do that we need to completely recast the budget.>> One issue is here he has limited clout. The rank outsider clinched the French presidency, setting up his own party in the process, and that doesn't have any formal representation yet in the European Parliament. That could all change after EU wide elections next year.
But until then Macron is somewhat second fiddle to the powerhouse that is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And particularly when it comes to the euro zone, Macron and Merkel might not be on the same page. Senior conservatives in Merkel's government appear opposed to creating a European Monetary Fund. Macron also wants a European budget and a European Finance Minister.
All while the EU disentangles itself from Britain and plugs a budgetary black hole to be left by Brexit. A truer measure of how much he can reshape the EU will likely come later this week when he meet Merkel in Berlin.