At an orchestrated joint forum in Berlin, the leaders of France and Germany have put on an up-beat show of support for each other ahead of next month’s European elections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy are both conservative leaders in their respective countries and are keen to galvanise the centre-right vote for June’s poll.
Merkel set the tone by targeting euro-sceptics: “Even as we are about to vote,” she said, “many think the act of voting doesn’t mean much, however think again – this is about our future. This is about which political ideas win the day and will be broadcast throughout Europe so that we will be able to talk with one voice in the rest of the world.”
In his address, Sarkozy emphasised the value of unity saying that friendship between Germany and France was a priceless treasure – for the whole of Europe and the wider world.
The two leaders have however, more concrete issues to discuss namely the next post election Group of eight summit in July.