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President Emmanuel Macron to visit Greece in September

President Emmanuel Macron will visit Greece September 7 and 8, a source in the Elysee Palace said, as he seeks to build momentum behind a drive to deepen European integration.

Macron’s aides have described a “very European” agenda after he returns from a holiday in southern France. He travels to Austria, Romania and Bulgaria next week before hosting the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy the week after.

Macron was earlier this summer among European leaders who called for Greece’s debt burden to be eased over time to help it emerge from an economic crisis.

He has pressed his regional counterparts to embrace a more ambitious approach to matters such as European defense cooperation and tax harmonization, and said EU treaty change should not be viewed as taboo. – reuters

Before testing the September sun in Athens, Macron and his wife spent a couple of days on the windy island of Paros, last week. The couple arrived under strict security measures and away from the cameras. They were reportedly hosted by a French journalist who has a summer house at the village of Santa Maria.

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