Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, said that the European Union (EU) should craft an effective response to the increasing economic and political pressures presently besieging the world. This topic will be the theme of the EU summit during the third week of February. She said that a European response is the need of the hour. The chancellor pointed out the Syrian crisis to make her point. She also brought to the notice of the European politicians the fast becoming powerful Asian nations and their thriving economies. She said the same to the members of Germany's Bundestag. The latter represents parliament's lower house.
Merkel gave an excellent speech to the members of the Bundestag. She made it clear that her top priority will be the European Union if she gets elected to the chancellor post once again. This will be possible only if the coalition between Social Democrats (SPD) and conservatives become a success. The SPD is pro-Europe as well.
An excellent vision of Europe was put forward by Emmanuel Macron, the French President. He, however, was compelled to wait for a response from Germany. The latter is regarded as the powerhouse of the European Union. Berlin continues to wait as Merkel tries to ink together an effective governing coalition.
Pro-Europe and pro-refugees
It is no accident that the initial chapter of coalition agreement focuses on Europe. A deal has already been agreed on by the German political parties. The SPD member will vote to approve the deal. The result is due to be publicized on March 4. She reiterated that the coming debate concerning the budget allocation for the 27-member bloc post-Brexit is a superb opportunity to go over the system once again. The chancellor said the debate concerning financial framework in the future makes a chance to examine the EU finances in their entirety. EU leaders will discuss the topics during the fourth week of February.
The German Chancellor also reassured a few members of her party who are skeptical on the subject of deeper EU integration. They are also loath to subsidize the poorer member countries of the European Union. Merkel said that Europe must be stable and growth-oriented. She added that structural funds from within the bloc in the future should preferably be linked with the acceptance of migrants. She said that all countries in the EU must do their part. Solidarity must be exhibited by all EU member nations.