France and Germany to Join Forces as Global Prototype for 'EU Superpower'
President Macron and Angela Merkel to sign new treaty in January
France and Germany are set to develop a shared defense, economic and foreign policies as part of a “twinning” pact which is considered as a prototype for the destiny of the European Union.
President Macron and Angela Merkel are set to sign a treaty in January that will pave the way for exhibiting a united diplomatic front and work together in 'peacekeeping' missions.
Other European regions outside of the France/German borders will be prompted to form “Euro districts” with merged electricity, water, and public transport networks.
Berlin and Paris will bother to offer cash as an incentive to cross-border areas, which could involve shared hospitals along with mutual business schemes or environmental projects.
Some official view the move as a beta test for the integration of the EU.
According to Reuters: The extension to the Elysee Treaty approved by the German and French cabinets.
I will be signed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in the German border city of Aachen, a historical symbol of European concord, on Jan. 22.
“Both states will deepen their cooperation in foreign affairs, defense, external and internal security, and development and at the same time work on strengthening the ability of Europe to act independently,” states the treaty text.
In Paris, Macron’s office said the Elysee Treaty extension would help both European powers tackle “the challenges they will be confronted with in the 21st century”.
“(We) envisage deepening our engagement in favor of security and prosperity of our peoples in the framework of a more sovereign, united and democratic Europe,” it said.
The treaty extension, arranged over the past year though short on details, conditions that it will be a preference of German-French diplomacy for Germany to be accepted as a perpetual member of the United Nations Security Council.
Germany has for years endeavored for prominent influence over the international body, to which its closest allies the United States, Britain and France belong.
While making clear that Germany and France are committed to the EU and NATO defense alliance, the agreement shows that Berlin and Paris will attempt to thwart opposition from nationalist politicians in Europe to erode the 28-nation EU.
The German and French leaders both face opposition from U.S. President Donald Trump, Poland, Hungary, and Italy.
Italy's deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, recently threatened not to pay the EU's common coffers unless bloc agrees to share the burden of the influx of illegal migrants.
Merkel and Macron are keen to head off any breakthrough from eurosceptic parties in the European Parliament vote.