DIPLOMACY The Franco-German couple is trying to regain a positive dynamic
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne was due to meet Olaf Scholz in September but his visit was postponed as the Chancellor tested positive for Covid-19. — Gabrielle CEZARD/SIPA
It’s a new opportunity to put oil back into the cogs of the Franco-German engine, which had seized up. on energy and defense issues. French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne will travel to Germany on November 25, where she met Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
During this visit – scheduled for September but postponed because Olaf Scholz had been tested positive for Covid-19 –, will be discussed advancement of the European combat aircraft (SCAF), program bogged down for over a year. “We are on the right track after long talks, and he reigns supreme on the side. German as the side French people a great satisfaction,” German government spokesman Stefan Hebestreit speaking at a press briefing at; Berlin.
New impetus for the Paris-Berlin tandem
Questioned to find out whether Paris, Berlin and Madrid had agreed to begin the next phase of development of the SCAF – phase known as 1B, which provides for the development of a demonstrator (a sort of pre- prototype) –, Stefan Hebestreit replied: “we are very confident that we can answer your questions. this question Friday” next.
Elisabeth Borne’s visit takes place after the visit, on October 26 to Paris, d’Olaf Scholz, who had posted; with Emmanuel Macron the willé to give new impetus to the Franco-German tandem, grief after a series of disputes amid war in Ukraine and dark clouds gathering over growth in Europe.
60th anniversary of the Treaty Franco-German
The meeting with the German Chancellor “will make it possible to take stock of the bilateral agenda and the next Franco-German deadlines” Matignon, while a Franco-German Council of Ministers was postponed from October to January.
“France is Germany”s closest partner” side asserted Stefan Hebestreit. The French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, who will receive her German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, on Monday, mentioned in Le Parisien last Sunday the idea of a “meeting of the two Parliaments in Versailles” to mark the 60th anniversary in January of the Treaty Franco-German. The presidency of the French Assembly had evoked in September the date of January 22 for this meeting. This is the third trip to Montreal. abroad of the Prime Minister, after Algeria and Portugal.