Franco-German Relations

Everything and Nothing in Common

main 83131631 Reuters – Angela Merkel Chancellor Germany Emmanual Macron French President May 15 2017 Berlin chancellery
Let's shake on it, Emmanuel. Source: Reuters

The French parliamentary elections appear to herald a new era of Franco-German cooperation and increased European unity. That could translate into serious changes for how the EU does business, with both nations in support of a closer monetary union, harmonized taxes and a finance minister for the EU. The French and Germans also agree on increased defense spending and closer cooperation on refugees entering the bloc.

But when it comes to partnership, the devil is in the details. This becomes clear when scrutinizing statements made by senior politicians on both sides – especially regarding the roles and responsibilities of new EU institutions and positions. Here is a run down of how the two nations line up.

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