March 21, 2018 / 11:14 AM / a year ago

Germany: EU needs more momentum on research, defence and euro zone

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union needs further impetus in sectors such as research and defence while the euro zone also needs further momentum, a German government official said on Wednesday.

The government official expected the first decision on that in June but said there were also long-term questions in the euro zone.

In January, France and Germany said they wanted to reach a joint position on euro zone reform, including tax convergence, capital markets and the banking union, between March and June this year.

Reporting By Andreas Rinke; Writing by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Michelle Martin

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