PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron and new Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz said they share close views on some European issues.

Kurz was in Paris on Friday on his first bilateral visit abroad since taking office in December. He says “we have a pro-European government that wants to play an active and constructive role to build a better Europe.”

Kurz and Macron both insisted on the need for a greater and fairer taxation of internet giants making big profits in Europe.

Kurz, a conservative who leads a coalition with the far-right euroskeptic Freedom Party, has taken a hard line against migration.

Macron, a centrist with a pro-European agenda, says the EU is aiming to better respond to the challenges prompted by tens of thousands of migrants coming to Europe. .

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.