The President of France Emanuel Macron and the new Chancellor of Germany Olaf Solts today downgraded differences over EU fiscal reform and the role of nuclear energy in financing green investments, pledging to keep the Franco-German axis strong.
The trip to meet Macron in Paris was the first trip abroad of Solts after took over as chancellor The day before yesterday, Wednesday, after 16 years of Conservative rule under Angela Merkel. His three-party coalition has pledged to further strengthen European integration.
“For the last four years I have been working with Angela Merkel on all these issues – I know we will continue to work closely together, dear Olaf,” Macron told Soltz at a joint news conference with the two leaders.
The most restrained Solts he said how discussed how can work together to make her Europe stronger.
Arriving at the Elysee, the new chancellor was greeted with the special ‘handshake’ of the Coronavirus times by Macron, who accompanied him on the steps, patting him friendly on the shoulder.
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The French president had developed a friendly relationship with Soltz’s predecessor, Merkel, who broke with German tradition by supporting for the first time joint EU efforts to increase public debt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But both sides are still disagree for some critical issues, such as gas imports of Germany from Russia, the Europe’s defense, and the relationships with other major political and economic competitors including Of China.
THE Macron wants to build new ones nuclear reactors in France, while Germany is planning there they are remove.
The agreement on the new German government does not mention the issue, but this, according to Paris, leaves room for compromise.
Asked at today’s press conference about the differences between Germany and France over whether nuclear energy can be considered sustainable, something France wants, Soltz declined to answer.
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“It is very clear that each country is pursuing its own strategy to combat man-made climate change. “What unites us is that we recognize this responsibility and that we are ambitious,” he said.
“THE Germany has decided that will be based in expansion of renewable sources energy ”.
As France prepares to take over the six-month presidency of the European Union on 1 January, Macron will also seek German support for his plans to reshape them. financial rules of EU.
“I’m confident that we can solve the problems we face together and that we can continue to facilitate the development that has been made possible by the recovery fund (from the € 750 billion EU pandemic) – and that the at the same time we can ensure fiscal stability“, write down.
“It is possible to achieve both at the same time, it is not the opposite. We promised to use the flexibility offered by the Stability and Growth Pact. “
Macron warned of the danger of self-fulfilling prophecies after the assessment of the US secret services, according to which Moscow may plan a multifaceted attack on Ukraine even next year.
“I think our primary goal is to prevent any unnecessary tension, what I will call self-fulfilling prophecy“, Said Macron, answering a relevant question.
“What we all want, Europeans and Americans alike, is to show that we are closely monitoring the situation,” he told a joint news conference with the new German chancellor.
THE French President she said she talked to him His Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky earlier today and how they will discuss new initiatives to unblock the peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week.
“We will move on further activities to ensure that the Ukraine has a good perspective “, said Soltz.
“We have a good basis that needs to be revitalized – for example the Normandy-style talks,” he said, referring to talks between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine aimed at resolving the crisis.