Emmanuel Macron will receive Olaf Scholz on Wednesday in Paris

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6:40 p.m., October 20, 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron will receive German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday, as France and Germany are going through a period of political tension linked in particular to the energy crisis.

French President Emmanuel Macron will receive German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris on Wednesday against a backdrop of tensions between the two European countries, the Elysée announced on Thursday. The two leaders met in Brussels on Thursday ahead of the opening of a European Union summit. According to the French presidency, they also assured that they wanted to set “quickly” a new date for the Franco-German council of ministers, which was to be held next Wednesday near Paris but had to be reported in particular because of the differences on many files.

Discord between the two countries

The answers to be given to the energy crisis, to military cooperation, to joint armament projects have revealed dissonances between the two countries. In addition to these disagreements on “a whole series of subjects”, Berlin justified the report by “logistical difficulties” for certain ministers. “As there were ministers who were not available on the German side, we preferred to postpone it to also prepare the decisions,” said Emmanuel Macron. “I’m at work but only see a technical report if I may say so,” he said.


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