Macron, Merkel to meet to discuss Brexit, US relations

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet next week to discuss an array of issues facing Europe. 

The talks will focus on Brexit, U.S. relations and a defense partnership between Paris and Berlin, according to Reuters.


The discussions come at a time of uncertainty on several foreign policy fronts for Europe. Britain’s process of exiting from the European Union, known as "Brexit," is still in tumult, as Prime Minister Theresa May has so far failed to get approval from Parliament for a transition plan.

The United Kingdom faces a March 29 deadline to agree on a transition deal that would allow it to negotiate its future relationship with the EU before it officially breaks off from the body. If the British government fails to approve a plan, Britain will leave the EU on that date without any transition deal.

In addition, relations with Washington remain tense as the White House pressures Europe to capitulate on a number of foreign policy fronts.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE and other White House officials have made repeated calls for NATO members to boost their funds to the defense alliance and Vice President Pence broadsided allies twice last week after calling for Europe to cease any trade with Iran and for any countries in the nuclear pact with the Islamic Republic to pull out.