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France’s Macron sees no ‘legitimate successor’ to Assad, declares terrorism a common enemy in Syria

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There is currently no viable alternative to Bashar Assad to prevent Syria from turning into a failed state, the new French president has said, departing from his predecessor’s position that the Syrian leader must be toppled to stabilize the war-torn country.

“The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad’s departure is a pre-condition for everything because nobody has shown me a legitimate successor,” Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers.

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Changing EU treaty ‘not taboo’ for France anymore – Macron after meeting Merkel

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The European Union’s need for deep reforms is so dire that even the idea of changing the EU treaty is “not taboo,” new French President Emmanuel Macron said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday.

During Macron’s first foreign visit since his inauguration Sunday, he told Merkel that he was “happy” to work together with Germany “on a common roadmap for the European Union and the eurozone.”

The French leader said that “deep reforms” are required for the EU that “need common work” from Paris and Berlin. 

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