Mr Macron has demanded Germany step up and meet his ambition for an EU army while taking aim at his own Eurocrat peers for not providing enough cash in its post-Brexit budget, which he says is causing Brussels to fall behind the US and China in trade and future technologies. He said today at the Munich Security Conference: “We are becoming a continent that doesn’t believe in its future. We don’t invest in our future sufficiently … and politically it is the only way to reconcile with (our) middle classes.”
Astonishingly, when asked if he felt frustrated by Mrs Merkel’s silence on the matter of his proposed EU army, he snapped.
He said: I’m not frustrated, I’m impatient.”
“We have a history of waiting for answers” from each other, he said.
“What’s key in the coming years is to move much faster on issues of sovereignty on the European level.”
Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Mrs Merkel
Mr Macron has been pushing for reforms to the EU budget in response to Britain’s departure from the bloc on January 31.
Germany’s resistance has as a result seen his ambitious proposals watered down into a miniscule budget.
It comes as Brexit caused an eye-watering budget increase for Berlin, announced just yesterday.
Following the end of the year, the UK will cease to adhere to any EU regulations and will not pay into the budget, with Boris Johnson insisting there will be no extension to the current transition period.
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With the UK’s departure, the bloc faces a €75billion (£62billion) funding gap which now needs to be covered, the European Commission President has said.
Germany could be forced to pay 32.06 percent of the new budget in order to cover the UK’s exit.
Under the budget for 2021-2027, national contribution under the European Commission’s proposed sum for the Multiannual Financial Framework is €130.04billion (£108billion) annually for all EU countries.
This would increase contributions from EU countries by an extra €23billion per year (£19.2billion) than they already pay.
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Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Germany over the EU budget
The budget will be announced next week following Council President, Charles Michel’s talks with other European leaders.
Mr Michel has already faced a struggle to win over certain countries to increase the budget.
Part of the “frugal five” along with Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte met with Mr Michel to discuss the budget but insisted he would not support an increase to their share.
Asked on the budget he said: “We are net payers and I don’t see why we have to pay more.”
Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz has also emphasised his opposition to an inflated budget and even threatened to use his veto.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission’s president, warned member states must come together to cover the financial shortfall.
She said: “As a Union of 27, we have fewer resources. It’s about €75 billion less for the whole seven-year period, but more common challenges that no member states can solve on their own.”
Within the EU, the UK was a net contributor, meaning it paid more than it received. In budget figures for 2018, the UK paid a gross contribution of £13.2billion.