German Chancellor Olaf Solz is making his first trip abroad since taking office and will meet with President Emanuel Macron in Paris and EU and NATO leaders in Brussels.
“We are meeting to develop a common strategy with France”, said Soltz before his meeting with Macron. Paris has traditionally been the first destination for Germany’s new chancellors abroad for years.
Macron also stressed the relationship between the two largest economies in the European Union, congratulating Soltz on taking office on Wednesday. “We will write the next chapter together, about the French, about the Germans, about the Europeans,” he wrote on Twitter.
In addition to the signals for German-French cooperation, there are also clear differences of opinion between the two sides – on nuclear energy and the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Germany also opposes French moves aimed at classifying nuclear energy as “green energy” for investment reasons.
Prior to the visit, Solz said that countries are choosing their own path to achieving carbon neutrality and the goal is to facilitate “progress towards the same goal, which everyone achieves in a different way, but at the same time to make something that both sides can reach an agreement “.
Solz will then continue his trip to Brussels for talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The crisis on the border between Russia and Ukraine, where Russian troops have been concentrated, is likely to be on the agenda.