Merkel says she and Macron ‘wrestle’ on policy issues May 16, 2019 0 409 12345 AFPBerlinGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron “wrestle” on policy and have different outlooks, but tended to cooperate and find compromises in the end.“Of course, we wrestle with each other,” Merkel said about relations between the core EU leaders who have disagreed recently on issues from how the bloc should handle Brexit to arms exports and climate policy. “There are differences in mentality between us and differences in our understanding of our roles,” she added, speaking to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Asked whether her relationship with Macron had deteriorated in recent months, Merkel replied: “No. Not at all.” Instead Merkel insisted that Berlin and Paris agreed “naturally on the big issues”, adding that “this is how we accomplish much for Europe, even today”.As an example, she cited “enormous progress” in defence policy, saying that “we decided to develop a fighter plane and a tank together”.She did, however, point to different political cultures, saying: “I am the chancellor of a coalition government and much more committed to parliament than the French president, who is not even allowed to enter the National Assembly.” Merkel also said there had been cases of bad timing, pointing out that while Macron was pushing for major European reforms, she was engaged in half a year of coalition building after 2017 elections.Merkel rejected the accusation that, in comparison to reformist Macron, she had been a brake on change in European policy.“We always find a middle way,” the chancellor said, adding that Germany too had “launched a whole series of initiatives”, including in African development projects. RELATED ARTICLES 65 migrants rescued off Libya; Salvini says Italy won’t take them May 16, 2019 0 441 Congress has no right to ‘do-over’ of Russia probe, says White House counsel May 16, 2019 0 979 Republicans try to spark US top court showdown over access to abortion May 16, 2019 0 734 May ‘sure’ lawmakers will want to deliver Brexit in June vote Reuters LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was confident lawmakers would want to deliver Brexit when legislation to secure Britain’s departure from the European Union comes before parliament next .. France grants asylum to wife of ex-Interpol chief charged in China Reuters PARIS France has granted asylum to the wife of a former head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol, after he was charged in his native China with corruption, the wife’s lawyer said on Wednesday. .. Anarchists throw paint at US ambassador’s home in Greece AFP Athens Greek radical anarchists on Wednesday threw paint outside the home of the American ambassador to Greece in support of a jailed far-left assassin, the group said. “I woke up to more childish vandalism this .. Polish ambassador spat at in Israel amid rising tensions WARSAW: Poland’s ambassador to Israel was spat at while sitting in his car in Tel Aviv, Israeli police said, and the Polish government condemned the incident, which coincided with rising tensions between the two .. Mexico gives ‘protection’ to Venezuelan oppn lawmaker AFP Mexico City The Mexican government said Tuesday that its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition lawmaker Franco Manuel Casella to provide him “protection and safety,” even as Mexico City insists it is not ..