The European Union is the best mechanism “if the EU member states want to have any influence at all over geopolitical developments,” Merkel told a news conference in Berlin on Monday.
“I believe that is a historical necessity and I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say the world is waiting for us to be able to act.”
“I consider a stable government is the basis on which we can best work with France and with Europe,” Merkel said.
The chancellor has voiced support for French President Macron’s plan for a joint corporate tax for Germany and France by 2025.
“We do not see in many areas a common EU foreign policy and it would be better if Europe spoke with one voice,” Merkel said.
“Europe does not only need a stronger economic and monetary union but we must also have a Europe of security and the rule of law, internally and externally.”