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President Emmanuel Macron was full of praise on Monday for Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of the Chancellor’s last Franco-German summit.
“Patience”, “commitment”, “listening skills”. Emmanuel Macron praised, Monday, May 31, Angela Merkel, on the occasion of the last Franco-German Council of Ministers, before the departure of the Chancellor in the fall after 16 years in power.
“This 22e Council of Ministers is not quite comparable to the previous ones because it is your last, Madam Chancellor “, declared the French president during a joint press conference by videoconference.
“We are far from saying goodbye and we will see each other many times in the coming months”, but “this last Council allows me to say all that the Franco-German relationship owes to your commitment, your willingness to do, sometimes your patience with us, and your ability to listen. And so thank you very much for that, “he added, addressing the Chancellor on the same terms.
“We will take stock in due course”
After 16 years in power which marked the country and Europe, Angela Merkel will retire after the September 26 elections. Until then, she will notably meet Emmanuel Macron at the G7 and NATO summits in June, and at European meetings.
Less demonstrative than Emmanuel Macron, the Chancellor stressed that it was “always an enrichment when we reach a common solution because everyone has their own point of view”. “This is why this cooperation gives me joy and we will take stock in due course,” she added.
Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed that “Europe cannot move forward if Germany and France do not agree”. “That Germany and France agree is not always enough to move Europe forward, but of course, if there is no Franco-German agreement, there is none. at 27 and it is therefore in this spirit that we have constantly worked “for four years, he added.
The Head of State notably cited the decisions taken jointly for “real European sovereignty in matters of defense” and for the 750 billion euros recovery plan approved in July 2020 to deal with the Covid crisis. 19.
The two leaders also made a progress report on the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, signed in January 2019 to “strengthen the links” between the Germans and the French.