Merkel clarified her views on several issues.
The force is a key element of Emmanuel Macron's proposals to reform European defence and integrate the continent's many militaries more closely together.
He then learn out the checklist of cupboard members, saying that the leaders of Italy's populist alliance, Luigi Di Maio of the 5 Star Motion and Matteo Salvini of the League, could be at his aspect.
"I am in favor of President Macron's proposal for an intervention initiative", the German chancellor told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.
Reports say a major trading war is brewing between the USA and its closets allies after the imposition of new tariffs which could see USA consumers pay more for everything from canned soup to cars.
The general secretary of the Social Democrats, Merkel's coalition partner, said Sunday that she must explain when she became aware of the problems.
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When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. It was going to be hard . "Versatility-wise, we feel very comfortable with where we're at right now".
She proposed offering short-term credit lines to stricken countries, but maintained strict conditions for support: "always subject to special conditions of course, for a limited amount and with complete repayment".
She also said the EMF should be able to assess the debt sustainability of member states and "the instruments needed to restore this if necessary" - a nod to debt restructuring, which France opposes. "This is very pleasing", SPD leader Andrea Nahles told the ARD public broadcaster.
Merkel said Europe needed "quicker economic convergence" but stopped short of Macron's vision of a major investment budget, saying, in euros, it should be "at the lower end of the double-digit billions" and only phased in gradually.
The German chancellor is famously careful and deliberate when acting on issues, but she was criticised by members of her own government for not speaking out in support of Macron sooner. "In the future we will have to react to the challenges that we are faced with", she said.
Merkel said she was willing to discuss with the new Italian government ways to boost employment rates among young people in Italy.