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Macron Gains Support in Bid to Revamp EU's Cheap-Labor Rules

  • Austrian chancellor backs limiting supply of ‘posted’ workers
  • French president gets resistence from Hungary, may see more
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French President Emmanuel Macron picked up support in his bid to overhaul European Union rules on cheap labor in the first leg of a diplomatic blitz across the region. Now comes the hard part.

Kicking off the effort in meetings with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern in Salzburg Wednesday, the 39-year-old French president discussed “detached” or “posted” workers, which typically involve laborers from low-wage eastern European countries being brought to higher-cost ones such as France or Austria to perform tasks that would be more expensive to hire for locally. He may be about to see push-back from Eastern countries whose workers have benefited.