Angela Merkel will soon no longer be German Chancellor. Before the end of the year, the one who was at the head of the country for 16 years will be replaced. Also, although she is not comfortable with the exercise, “Mutti” has started a kind of farewell tour. This Monday began his last Franco-German Council of Ministers. The final G7 and NATO summits in June will follow. French President Emmanuel Macron wished to greet his counterpart and underline Angela Merkel’s precious contribution to the Franco-German relationship during a remote press conference.
“We still have work”
“This 22nd (Council of Ministers) is not quite comparable to the previous ones because it is your last, Madam Chancellor”, recalled the French president. “This last piece of advice allows me to say everything 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”, praised Emmanuel. Macron by touching Angela Merkel.
“We are far from goodbye and we will see each other many times in the coming months,” he added. A posture that Angela Merkel also adopted, kicking into touch. “We live in a time where every day we have very important decisions so this last Franco-German council of ministers is not at all the last thing we will have to settle Emmanuel Macron and I. We still have work to do.”
“We will take stock in due course”
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”. “That 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.
He notably cited the decisions taken jointly for “real European sovereignty in defense” and for the 750 billion euros recovery plan approved in July 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. The two leaders also made a progress report on the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, signed in January 2019 to “strengthen ties” between the Germans and the French.