French Prime Minister visits Berlin on way to heal differences between the two countries | DW Arab News | Latest news and perspectives from around the world | DW

French Prime Minister visits Berlin on way to heal differences between the two countries |  DW Arab News |  Latest news and perspectives from around the world |  DW
French Prime Minister visits Berlin on way to heal differences between the two countries |  DW Arab News |  Latest news and perspectives from around the world |  DW

French Prime Minister visits Berlin on way to heal differences between the two countries | DW Arab News | Latest news and perspectives from around the world | DW

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz will meet in Berlin on Friday (November 25, 2022) to coordinate and overcome the Franco-German positions Their differences concern defense and energyHighlighted by the war in Ukraine.

Like the French President, Born and Scholz want to give the Franco-German duo, the driving force behind European unification, “new impetus”. Emmanuel Macron and Schultz on October 26 in Paris.

Bourne will also meet German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, responsible for economy and environment, who was received by the French President in Paris on Tuesday. Macron also met German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock.

And the circles of the French Prime Minister stressed that “the need for Europe is greater than ever”, with Russian attack on Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis. The same source confirmed: “We are seeing how Europe has become essential to deal with some crises. The good work of Europe is necessarily based on very good relations between France and Germany.”

“Together we are stronger,” French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said during his meeting with German Finance Minister Christian Lindner on Thursday, specifically “to address environmental change and work for the existence of a third superpower called Europe between China and the United.” States.”

And he said Schulz Wednesday before the German Bundestag: “I share with Emmanuel Macron the goal of achieving a geopolitical Europe that moves more.”

In an attempt to overcome energy differences, Paris and Berlin could show greater solidarity in terms of supplying each other with gas and electricity. France has been supplying Germany with gas since mid-October. Berlin can increase electricity exchange capacities from November (instead of January), allowing France to benefit from larger volumes.

And because many quit nuclear reactorsFrance is forced to import electricity for the first time in 42 years. The transformation is also unprecedented for Germany, which used to mainly import gas from Russia. However, the two countries still disagree over the setting of a gas price cap and Germany’s €200 billion bailout plan for individuals and businesses to deal with the high prices, raising concerns among neighbors about the impact on competition lets arise.

Le Maire and his German counterpart on Tuesday wished to maintain “fair competition” between the two countries. The two ministers expressed their desire to “speed up” European industrial projects with the approval of the US Major Investment Plan (Inflation Reduction Act), which could also affect competition. Born and Scholz will discuss a joint European response to this.

And this appeared cramps in the relationship brought to the public with the postponement of a Franco-German ministerial meeting, but also some projects will be brought out of the deadlock, such as the political agreement between the Dassault Group and Airbus on the European Combat Aircraft Project (SCAF) without signature is planned for Friday .

As each country tries to develop small launch vehicles, France, Germany and Italy agreed on Tuesday to allow the launch of these small rockets for the European Space Agency. But the anti-missile shield project you’re promoting Berlin And the rival of the Paris and Rome projects will be discussed “in the context of a different form of negotiations”.

A new date for the Franco-German Council of Ministers is not expected to be announced until a meeting on January 22, the 60th anniversary of the Franco-German treaty.

Hans Starck, an adviser at France’s Institute of International Relations, said this visit was aimed specifically at “establishing a working approach” and avoiding appearing divided in the face of Russia.

Kh.S/AGM (AFP, DPA)




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