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Macron to Meet Spain's Sanchez Ahead of EU Meeting


7Dnews London

Mon, 27 May 2019 10:43 GMT

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday, May 27th, the first in a series of meetings with European leaders ahead of an informal summit after the European Parliament vote, according to Macron’s office, AFP has reported.

European leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Tuesday, May 28th to start negotiations over the new crop of top EU officials in the wake of the parliament vote, which saw most mainstream parties outflanked by a right-wing surge.  

But Sanchez's Socialist party came out on top in Spain's voting on Sunday, while Macron's centrist party came in second to the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen. 

After hosting Sanchez for dinner on Monday, Macron will meet Tuesday with the leaders of the so-called Visegrad group of prime ministers of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. He will also hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and with the outgoing European Council chief, Donald Tusk of Poland.

A senior diplomatic source in Madrid said Macron and Sanchez were in tune as two leaders on the progressive wing of European politics.  

“We want Spain’s weight to be reflected in Europe. We want pro-Europeans to head (European) institutions,” the source said.

On Sunday, Macron and Merkel spoke by phone after the European Parliament vote and had already met in recent days with Dutch premier Mark Rutte and Portuguese premier Antonio Costa, the French presidency said. 

The gains for populist and eurosceptic parties in Sunday's voting has deprived the main centre-right and centre-left groupings of their combined majority in the EU assembly.