Policy Briefs

C. Bastasin: The German-French Treaty: Sign of Strength or of Weakness?

On January 22, 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a bilateral document called the “Treaty of Aachen”. The treaty’s text contains interesting information on the will to cooperate expressed by the two countries, which have the most political-diplomatic-economic influence in the European Union. However, the document also shows how far the two governments are from creating a concrete common policy to tackle the shared problems lying at the heart of Europe.

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