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crowned Olaf Schulz And Elizabeth Born, to reheat Franco-German relations after weeks of disharmony with an energy deal designed to “secure” supplies to both countries.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed the close ties between France and Germany at their meeting in Berlin today (25 November 2022).
The meeting came after weeks of reports from lack of harmony In Franco-German relations on key issues such as energy, defense and industrial policy.
“It is clear that the Franco-German partnership becomes all the more important the more difficult the times are,” said SPD leader Scholz after a meeting with Born. “Franco-German relations are extraordinarily close and rich,” added Scholz, adding that they will continue to deepen.
For her part, Born, on her first visit to Berlin as prime minister, called for “a unity that needs to be preserved” in view of the many crises in Germany and France.
These statements culminated in my efforts to end tensions between countries, led to the relocation of the Franco-German cabinet in October. The return of warmth to the relationship was reflected in the signing of the agreement by the two leaders.
Franco-German energy cooperation
Faithful convention Negotiated by the German Economics Minister Robert Habeck And the French Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Ronascher promised Germany to supply electricity to France. In return, France undertook to supply Germany with gas supplies.
According to a French government source, the power deal “secures” France in December and January. Scholz said: “Friends support each other through adversity,” while Born welcomed an “important text that will have tangible results and protect the citizens of both countries.”
The French Prime Minister met the German Vice-Chancellor, Robert Habeck, responsible for the economy and the environment, who had received an unprecedented welcome from the French President, who also met the German Foreign Minister. Annalina Berbock.
France has been supplying gas to Germany since mid-October, while Germany can increase electricity exchange capacities from November (instead of January), allowing France to benefit from larger volumes.
Split at several points between Berlin and Paris
Born’s trip to Berlin is seen as an attempt to revive Franco-German relations, which have recently been strained due to differing positions on a range of issues and a lack of communication, as evidenced by the originally postponed postponement of a joint ministerial meeting scheduled for late October last year.
This council is expected to meet around January 22, the 60th anniversary of the Franco-German treaty. “You did well to postpone the Franco-German cabinet so that there are unified elements in January,” said a French diplomatic source.
But the two countries remain at odds over setting a gas price cap and Germany’s €200 billion bailout plan for individuals and businesses to deal with high prices, raising concerns among its neighbors about the impact on competition.
Paris and Berlin also discussed showing a common front towards Moscow. Born on behalf of the two countries, which have been criticized for their reluctance to provide support to Kyiv, said the two countries “They will support Ukraine until the end of the conflict.
AH/PS (AFP, dpa)
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