France's Macron, Tusk begin work on European overhaul

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Posted: May 17, 2017 2:36 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he would begin working immediately with European Council President Donald Tusk on the overhaul of the bloc, which needed a new and ambitious policy.

"I believe profoundly in the overhaul of the Europe," Macron told reporters before the two men sat down to dinner.

"I am counting a lot on President Tusk and his leadership to go further in this overhaul."

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, chairs EU summits as head of the European Council, which groups the national governments of the 28-member bloc.

"I have come with a simple message. Europe needs your energy, imagination and courage and when I say Europe I am not thinking of the institutions, but millions of Europeans who see your victory as a sign of hope," Tusk said. "Hope for a Europe that protects, wins and looks to the future."

(Reporting by John Irish and Michel Rose; editing by Adrian Croft)