Greece wants bold Merkel embrace of Macron plans


German Chancellor Angela Merkel should be bolder in responding to French proposals to strengthen the eurozone, Greece’s finance minister said in an interview published on Wednesday, adding that concerns over Italy have highlighted the need to act.

Asked by German newspaper Zeit Online whether Europe needs a vision like that embodied in President Emmanuel Macron’s reform proposals or a more realistic approach favored by Merkel, Euclid Tsakalotos said: “Whether it is realistic or not has to be determined.”

He added: “Just continuing as before will not solve the eurozone’s problems. Merkel could be bolder. And that would be good for Germany and for her legacy as a European politician.”