France and Spain have announced plans increase their successful collaboration against terrorism and organised crime.
The two countries have been working together intensely since 2004, notably towards cornering Basque militant group ETA, but Spain’s Prime Minister says the creation of a major anti-crime unit will enhance their operations. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said: “Today, we’ve signed bilateral accords to reinforce the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The French President’s visit to Madrid was also a chance to harmonise ties between the two countries over the global economic crisis and the role of the European Union. Nicolas Sarkozy said the two men have thought for a longtime that Europe lacks economic governance and that they are more convinced than ever that now is the time to act. “We both agree on independence for central Europe, we’re both for the euro and we both support what’s been done so far but we simply think that the future direction of our economy is a question we couldn’t avoid,” he said.