the hague - Premier Mark Rutte introduced Friday's new president Emmanuel Macron. Macron received Rutte in Paris at the Élysée Palace, where the French head of state resides.
The agenda included European cooperation and socioeconomic policy. Macron wants to reform the French labor market and would be interested in looking at the Netherlands. Rutte and Macron met at the last NATO summit, but talked to each other on Friday for the first time. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs also went on.
Macron, who runs a mid-rate with a new party, defeated the right-populated Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections last month. Rutte then called his election as a 'clear progressive and pro-European choice'.