Macron's Athens speech was also meant to shore up the support of voters in France who are sceptical about his market-orientated programme to rewrite French labour laws, loosen rules for hiring and firing, and change the pension system.
Europe risks subjugation to China and the United States unless it becomes more sovereign and democratic, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday in a speech underlining the scale of his ambition to reform the European Union.
"We should head towards a European Monetary Fund but this should in no way be mixed up with a (euro zone) budget", Macron said during a visit to Athens. Her finance minister has proposed transforming the euro zone's rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), into a fully fledged EMF with more powers to support weaker members.
The French presidency said North Korea's "repeated provocations" were a "threat to peace and worldwide security".
"Our generation can choose to [do this]. we must find the strength to rebuild Europe", he said.
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The Indian government is also concerned about Rohingya immigrants in the country, and has been considering to deport them. About 1.25 lakh Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh in the last two weeks after a fresh surge of violence.
Macron renewed his call for tighter oversight of foreign investments in the EU - a message that Greece has opposed - and urged European investors to support the Greek recovery. The intellectual who also takes the opportunity to express his skepticism about the reform of the labor code, the first major project of the president's mandate: " Any continuing decline in unemployment in France would be welcome, but the experience of other countries suggests that this would involve new forms of inequality.
"I want Greece to continue to remain attractive, to open itself to worldwide investors, and for Europe to fully support it in order to maintain European sovereignty".
Greece has undergone three economic bailouts since 2010 that were accompanied by substantial austerity measures including tax increases and social security cuts.
Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Athens was determined to promote discourse in Europe for a new contract for democracy, equality and solidarity.