French President Emmanuel Macron will meet EU Council President Donald Tusk in Paris today (17 May), the new leader’s office said.
The two were expected to have lunch at the Élysée Palace before Macron announces his cabinet appointments. But the lunch session was replaced by a meeting over dinner at 20:00, sources said.
Tusk was one of the first prominent European voices to congratulate Macron on his 7 May presidential election runoff victory over French far-right and anti-EU politician Marine Le Pen.
In picking Macron, Tusk said the French people had chosen “liberty, equality and fraternity” and “said no to the tyranny of fake news”.
Félicitations à @EmmanuelMacron, aux français qui ont choisi la Liberté, l'Egalité et la Fraternité et dit non à la tyrannie des "fake-news"
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) May 7, 2017
Today, Tusk tweeted that he will discuss the future of the EU, not Brexit. In fact, the EU started discussing the future of the EU after the shock of the Brexit referendum.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) May 17, 2017
Macron, who ran a pro-European election campaign, kept with tradition by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (15 May) in his first trip abroad after taking office.
The pair now at the centre of the European project vowed to give it new impetus, saying they were ready to change treaties if necessary.
Échanges très constructifs pour engager notre travail commun avec la Chancelière Angela Merkel. pic.twitter.com/f4gq3OHVCD
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 15, 2017
Macron has urged a reconstruction of the EU to fight off a recent surge of populism on the continent.
The French president on Tuesday hosted UN Secretary General António Guterres, the first foreign dignitary to visit since he took office on Sunday.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 16, 2017