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European leaders and Iran have said that they will seek to uphold the nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States. Germany, France and Britain will "do everything" to ensure that Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed during the meeting, a day after the U.S. pulled out of the accord.

Iran does not want "new tensions" in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, after Israel carried out strikes against what it called Iranian targets in Syria. Receiving a round of applause, Merkel stated: "Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands".

Late last night, the Israeli army said Iranian forces in Syria had fired 20 rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but that all had been intercepted by their air-defense system.

Yet for all his calls for a deepening of the EU, Macron is waiting to see if Merkel will join him amid resistance in her conservative CDU party to French plans. "And it will be existentially necessary to make progress here because the nature of conflicts has completely changed since the end of the Cold War".

The French President added: "We need an ambitious European budget and a Eurozone with its own budget allowing for investments and convergence between member states".




The German leader made similar comments last spring after the USA president brought his "America First" message to a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, accusing them of not spending enough to their own defense.

Responding to Trump's concerns that the 2015 agreement was too narrow, Macron said he wanted to push for a wider deal covering Iran's ballistics program and activities in the Middle East.

The German's kind words did not soften Mr Macron's speech as he ripped into Berlin's budget surplus "fetish".

"We come from different political pasts, but we find common ground, and that is the magic of Europe", she said.


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