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France's Macron, Tusk begin work on European overhaul

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane De Sakutin/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he would begin working immediately with European Council President Donald Tusk on the overhaul of the bloc, which needed a new and ambitious policy.

“I believe profoundly in the overhaul of the Europe,” Macron told reporters before the two men sat down to dinner.

“I am counting a lot on President Tusk and his leadership to go further in this overhaul.”

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, chairs EU summits as head of the European Council, which groups the national governments of the 28-member bloc.

“I have come with a simple message. Europe needs your energy, imagination and courage and when I say Europe I am not thinking of the institutions, but millions of Europeans who see your victory as a sign of hope,” Tusk said. “Hope for a Europe that protects, wins and looks to the future.”

Reporting by John Irish and Michel Rose; editing by Adrian Croft