France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, has called for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe, saying it is "the only reaction" to fight populism.
Speaking in Berlin on the first full day of his presidency, he was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She said the pair had a "joint conviction" that they needed to "deepen the European Union".
Both want "more" Europe, especially closer integration of the Eurozone, but are they really singing from the same hymn sheet?
Although now denied, it was earlier reported that Macron was in favour of Euro zone countries being liable for each others debts. From a German point of view, especially in a election year, this is not something the Germans will tolerate.
They're all in favour of closer integration, they already use the same currency and for it to work in the long term, the Euro zone countries do need to integrate further. But how can this happen unless they agree a common budget, common taxes etc? Germany will not bail out other countries forever, although they enjoy the dominate position that handing out the dosh gives them.
Hollande once said to Merkel, "We are the hearts of Europe and you are the brains" and Merkel responded by saying, "you are the hearts and brains of Europe, we are the bankers."
It cannot possibly work long term, yet the the Euro zone countries seem intent on further integration come what may.