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Merkel says she and Macron 'wrestle' on policy issues

AFP  |  Berlin 

German said Wednesday that she and French "wrestle" on policy and have different outlooks, but tended to cooperate and find compromises in the end.

"Of course, we wrestle with each other," said about relations between the core EU leaders who have disagreed recently on issues from how the bloc should handle Brexit to arms exports and climate policy.

"There are differences in mentality between us and differences in our understanding of our roles," she added, speaking to the

Asked whether her relationship with had deteriorated in recent months, replied: "No. Not at all." Instead Merkel insisted that and agreed "naturally on the big issues", adding that "this is how we accomplish much for Europe, even today".

As an example, she cited "enormous progress" in defence policy, saying that "we decided to develop a fighter plane and a tank together".

She did, however, point to different political cultures, saying: "I am the of a coalition and much more committed to parliament than the French president, who is not even allowed to enter the " Merkel also said there had been cases of bad timing, pointing out that while was pushing for major European reforms, she was engaged in half a year of coalition building after 2017 elections.

Merkel rejected the accusation that, in comparison to reformist Macron, she had been a brake on change in European policy.

"We always find a middle way," the said, adding that too had "launched a whole series of initiatives", including in African development projects.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 22:16 IST