PARIS (Urdupoint News / Sputnik – Nov 13, 2022) French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna says French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agree that relations between the two countries are a driving force for Europe.
“They (Scholz and Macron) share the belief that the relationship between France and Germany is a driving force for Europe. The war in Ukraine, the energy crisis disrupts our way of thinking, but there is nothing that cannot be solved through dialogue. “When France and Germany reach an agreement, this often represents a middle point of balance within the EU,” Colonna told Le Parisien on Saturday.
According to the head of diplomacy, France and Germany will work to improve relations. Colonna said he will meet German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on November 21, while French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne will visit Berlin on November 25.
France and Germany, the EU’s two leading countries, were due to hold a joint cabinet meeting in late October, but eventually postponed it to January, reportedly over differences over energy and defense issues. Instead, it was replaced by a working lunch in Paris between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. All of this added to ongoing concerns about Paris-Berlin relations being at a low point and declining.
Thomas Fazi, an author and researcher, told Sputnik earlier this month that the Franco-German axis was never about promoting European interests, but focused on strengthening the hand of the EU executive and forcing austerity on weaker member states.