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Macron Wants Tougher EU on Trade and Foreign Investment


(Anne-Sylvaine Chassany – Financial Times)

France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron will push the EU to adopt a tougher stance on trade and foreign investment, in an early bid to win over domestic critics calling for greater protectionism.

Mr Macron, who campaigned on a pro-EU platform, will visit Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday for the first time since his election and will urge the German leader to move quickly to strengthen EU anti-dumping measures and tighten control of foreign investments in strategic sectors, aides said.

French voters’ choice of Mr Macron over far-right Eurosceptic candidate Marine Le Pen in last Sunday’s election has sparked optimism that EU leaders will redouble efforts to strengthen the bloc after the UK’s vote last year to leave the EU, helped by a stronger Franco-German alliance at the heart of the bloc. Click here to read more.