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Because of Corona bonus for the government: French President Macron has suffered a tough election slump. On Monday he now meets Angela Merkel.

Update from June 29, 9:13 p.m .: As Emmanuel Macron was visiting Monday at Meseberg Castle near Berlin, you could neither see the French President nor Chancellor Angela Merkel wear a mask. In general, there are hardly any pictures that the German head of government has with you Mouth-nose protection show, even though the Chancellor is a strong supporter of the Mask requirement was and is.

Wearing Angela Merkel mask at all or avoids – similar to Donald Trump – photos with a Mouthguardnot to show a picture of weakness? A question that also came up at the press conference on Monday and to which the Chancellor had a clear answer.

“If I do that Distance rules I need that mask not to put on. And if I don’t keep to them and I go shopping, for example, then we won’t meet, obviously, ”Merkel answered with a smile, the question asked by a journalist.

“Otherwise you could have seen me with a mask. But I’m not going to tell you when I go shopping and where, ”she said Chancellor further. Angela Merkel pledged to abide by the rules laid down by the Robert Koch Institute were set and announced that there would still be occasions when you could join them mask will see.

Update from June 29th, 7.20pm: Chancellor Angela Merkel after her conversation with the French President Emmanuel Macron German-French unity as the key to a European solution to the planned EU reconstruction package in the Corona crisis designated. “If Germany and France agree, Europe does not agree. But if Germany and France are divided, then it is with unity Europe not particularly well ordered, ”said Merkel on Monday.

“We are living in a serious time,” emphasized the Chancellor and announced that Berlin and Paris want to make clear in the coming months that Europe is the future. Only in the EU could one play a role in world politics and only in the EU could that Corona crisis be overcome. The Chancellor will be with Emmanuel Macron work to ensure that Europe comes through the crisis well and well, which will have a long-term effect.

Macron and Merkel had proposed an aid fund of 500 billion euros in May to help the European economy out of the Corona crisis bring to. Critics in the EU such as Austria and Denmark reject such a fund because the money is to be given in the form of non-repayable grants.

Update from June 29, 2:40 p.m .: A day after his election swatter French President Emmanuel Macron visits Germany – and wants Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) apparently in the shortage when it comes to climate protection.

Macron said on Monday before he left for a meeting with Merkel in Meseberg near Berlin that he would be with the Chancellor before the German EU Council Presidency, among other things, for one CO2 marginal tax advertise. That was “priority” for him. “I have to do some persuasion and it starts this afternoon,” Macron said.

Merkel’s intensive cooperation with the French president has “borne fruit” recently Government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday with a view to the Franco-German initiative for a European reconstruction fund. According to the last EU Council, “intensive work is underway” to “merge positions that are now apart”. All involved worked on the “target date” of the Special summit on July 17th and 18th, said Seibert.

In the EU, Merkel’s reversal in budgetary policy had caused a surprise. Not least because of her tough stance in the Greek crisis, Merkel has long enjoyed a reputation as a “savings chancellor” and opponent of higher levels of debt. Above all, the “economical four“- Denmark, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands – against the Commission proposal. But there is also criticism in Germany.” In its current form “the Franco-German proposal was said” not in agreement ” FDP boss Christian Lindner the Funke newspapers.

Despite widespread reservations, they also count EU diplomats with an agreement on the Merkel-Macron plan. AFP quotes a diplomat that he assumes that “Germany will dictate the whole process for the reconstruction fund”. “This will definitely be a Merkel presidency, its swan song,” said another. Merkel will use the six-month presidency to shape her political “legacy”.

First registration: Paris – If party representatives in Germany are asked about the reasons for the rise of the Union parties by Angela Merkel and Markus Söder, then the “government bonus” is in Corona times * the speech. However, Emmanuel Macron now had to learn that it is not a sure-fire success.

The finals of the Local elections in France on Sunday (June 28th) has a hard time for that Middle camp Macrons rendered. Voters gave the president a massive memo: A government spokeswoman admitted “disappointing results” for his party La République en Marche a.

The Greens are the big winners. They and their allies achieved unprecedented success – and, according to projections, won in big cities like Lyon and Bordeaux. The spokeswoman for Europe Ecology – Les Verts, Eva Sas, spoke of a “green wave”.

The presidential party is also likely to fail with its original plan, Paris to conquer and surprise in other cities. Just three years ago, the young party had won the majority of seats in the National Assembly from scratch.

Instead, Greens and allies from the left-wing camp saw success in Lyon, Toulouse or Tours. So far Grenoble the only big city with a green mayor. The symbolic capital is likely to remain in the hands of socialist incumbent Anne Hidalgo and her allies. Paris is planning the Olympic Games in 2024.

It is a disaster for the Macron party. pic.twitter.com/Y4THPlV4uR

The Right wing party RN held some bastions in the north and south of the country. The well-known RN politician Louis Aliot sat out loud France 2 in the runoff in the city Perpignan by.

The Runoff elections were actually scheduled for late March, but had to be postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In the first round in mid-March, well over half of the voters did not vote. The voter turnout was 34.67 percent on Sunday afternoon, which was around 18 points less than in the 2014 vote, according to the Interior Ministry.

Macron and his wife Brigitte chose Le Touquet in the northern French seaside resort, as TV pictures showed. After the elections, the 42-year-old wants to follow his political course after the Coronavirus pandemic decide that hit France hard with around 30,000 deaths. A government reshuffle is possible – for weeks there has been speculation as to whether Prime Minister Edouard Philippe can continue or not. According to surveys, he is significantly more popular than the president. Philippe (49) won the choice in the northern French port city of Le Havre with around 59 percent. “The results are clear in Le Havre,” summed up Philippe.

Macron, meanwhile, is betting on big politics – on Friday he held a video conference with his Russian colleague Wladimir Putin, on Monday he will be at Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brandenburg Meseberg expected. At the first personal meeting of the two since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the Federal Government said the “reconstruction of Europe” is the focus. The meeting is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. After a joint press conference around 6 p.m., dinner is planned. Merkel and Macron jointly presented a billion dollar plan in May – via video.

In the polling stations it was said Mask requirement *. The run-off elections affected almost 5,000 municipalities, including the country’s largest cities. A good 16 million voters were called – this corresponds to about a third of those eligible to vote. The last polling stations closed at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the US voters don’t seem to grant Donald Trump much official bonus either, according to the polls. The US President delivered another excitement on Sunday. (AFP / fn / dpa – * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.)

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