The leaders of France and Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Elysee ‘friendship’ Treaty with a joint ceremony in Berlin.
The accord signed between General De Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer was another step along the path of European integration.
Both countries had already deepened their economic ties a decade earlier when they joined the European Coal and Steel Community, a precursor to the European Union.
French President François Hollande said the Franco-German alliance still plays a crucial role in Europe.
He told the German parliament, the Bundestag, tha “it is important to show Europe how to have confidence in its future.”
“We will have to take these decisions in the next few months in order to enhance the European economy and the currency union,” said Hollande.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said both governments would Berlin and Paris would push on in a drive for greater coordination of EU economic policy.
“We have a fiscal pact, yes we have a pact for growth, but we’re not at the end of the road. That’s why i’m very grateful that we have agreed to make proposals for closer economic collaboration in May,” she said, without giving further details.
Yet the two countries remain at odds over how to tackle the eurozone crisis. France favours more public spending over Germany’s austerity approach.
That difference in policy caused tensions during Hollande’s election campaign: Merkel openly backed his predecessor and rival, Nicolas Sarkozy.
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 3Caught red-handed: the Russian Major fighting in Ukraine
- 4Video footage shows massive explosion in Tianjin, China
- 5Ukraine puts top Russian general Gerasimov on ‘most wanted’ list
- 6Why World Elephant Day matters
- 7Momentum for Mars: Astronauts say mission is inevitable
- 8Latest News Bulletin
- 9Who came out top in the US Republican television debate?
- 10UK: at least 7 dead after plane crashes into road in Brighton
- 11Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin
- 12Virginia:TV journalist and cameraman shot dead live on air
- 13ISIL militant group claims to have killed Croatian hostage in Egypt
- 14Earth Overshoot Day…Pushing Mother Nature too far
- 15Windows 10, three weeks on: the good, the bad and the ugly
- 16International news | euronews, latest international news
- 17Bringing the trolls out of the dark: Russian ‘troll’ awarded 1 rouble damages
- 18As ‘Daily Show’ Jon Stewart’s tenure ends, scholars say goodbye to their research topic
- 19European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 20Scientists find sinkhole cave under Mexico’s Kukulkan Castle Pyramid
Wires > European Affairs
- 10:09 CET Sixteen Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad
- 09:44 CET Malaysia police to question ex-PM Mahathir on anti-government…
- 09:30 CET Fleeing Islamic State killings in Syria, a family reaches Bavaria
- 09:21 CET Congo militia leader goes on trial in test of international court
- 09:02 CET Pakistan says ‘almost all’ Uighur militants eliminated
- 08:28 CET Four months after quakes, Nepal fails to spend any of $4.1 bln…
- 08:21 CET South Africa may increase nuclear power – newspaper
- 07:00 CET Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action