Macron given European prize, tells Germany to drop budget ‘fetish’

French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize, an honour given each year by the German city of Aachen to those it considers make a significant contribution to European unity and development, when he told assembled guests at the ceremony, who included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that Berlin must do away with a ‘fetish’ for tight budgetary discipline among EU member states.

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French President Emmanuel Macron was recognized for his contributions to European cohesion and integration on Thursday, as he received the Charlemagne Prize in the German city of Aachen, reports Deutsche Welle.