March 19, 2019

Franco-German Treaty with UN ambitions

President Macron and Chancellor Dr. Merkel – Picture by European Union

Paris/Berlin – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel are due to sign a new cooperation treaty on 22 January to further strengthen Franco-German collaborations in the run-up to next year´s EU elections.

The two leaders, both of whom have been enfeebled in domestic politics, shall meet in the city of Aachen to ink an accord “which will strengthen the already close ties between Germany and France” according to a statement by the Élysée Palace.

Merkel´s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the eurozone´s two biggest economies “want to move ahead to ensure the security and wellbeing of citizens as well as a strong, sovereign and democratic Europe.”

The treaty will cover joint projects in the areas of defence, climate change and security as well as the sensitive issue of “economic and social convergence”, the French presidency statement said.

Most prominent in the treaty is the Franco-German stratagem to pursue a permanent seat for Germany at the UN Security Council, rather than sharing one as previously examined by both countries.

For further information:

https://www.elysee.fr/emmanuel-macron/2019/01/08/signature-nouveau-traite-franco-allemand-aix-la-chapelle

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/laender/frankreich-node/aachener-vertrag/2175910

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