French President Emmanuel Macron addressed crowds in Athens saying a ''braver'' Europe was needed to avoid its decay. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (September 7) chose Athens' symbolic Pnyx Hill, believed to be the place where democracy was born, to make a speech calling for a braver Europe with stronger governance and sovereignty. Macron cautioned against a "death of Europe" at the hands of the current generation, saying the EU should show more humility and accountability. The President called for a euro zone finance minister and parliament, as well as a stand-alone budget, but he is running into German resistance. In earlier meetings with Greek leaders, Macron said he backed Germany's idea of a European Monetary Fund (EMF), but said the ultimate goal of deeper integration should remain a euro zone budget.