With a day of ceremonies and discussions on Sunday about Europe’s security, energy, and other challenges, France and Germany are attempting to bridge differences exposed by Russia’s war in Ukraine and strengthen their partnership.
To commemorate 60 years since a historic treaty sealed a tie between the longstanding foes that serves as the foundation of the modern European Union, 300 MPs from both nations are gathering at the Sorbonne University and the whole German Cabinet is in Paris for joint sessions.
Two sessions of negotiations will be led by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee Palace, with the first round concentrating on energy and economic policy and the second on defense.
According to senior French and German officials, figuring out Europe’s response to the subsidies for American electric car companies and other businesses under the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act is a major priority.
France wants Europe to retaliate against what it sees as a biased action by Washington. Paris is calling for the EU to loosen restrictions on state aid in order to expedite their distribution, streamline the bloc’s investment support, and establish an EU sovereign fund to promote green sectors. Berlin cautions against protectionism, nevertheless.
According to French and German officials who were not allowed to be named due to their governments’ rules, the neighbors are anticipated to discuss military assistance to Ukraine.
Both nations have provided a large amount of weapons, but as Russia’s battle drags on, Ukraine is requesting tanks and more potent weapons.
The conflict has revealed strategic gaps between the two nations, particularly in discussions in Europe about how to handle the ensuing oil crisis and punishing inflation as well as future military spending.
The event on Sunday marks the first joint government meeting of this kind since 2019. It has been frequently postponed from its intended October start date.
The Elysee Treaty, which was signed on January 22, 1963 by West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President and commander of the anti-Nazi resistance during World War II, is being commemorated by the officials on this day.