France and Germany Sign New Cooperation Agreement
OREANDA-NEWS German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed a new agreement on bilateral cooperation in the German city of Aachen, Le Monde reports. The signing ceremony was also attended by European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
The new agreement, which has already received the name of Aachen, deals with the expansion of cooperation and strengthening of relations between the two countries in the field of foreign policy, economy, defense and security, culture and education, climate and border areas. The countries agreed to coordinate their positions in Brussels and to hold regular "consultations at all levels" before major meetings. It is also planned to create a Council of economic experts, which will include 10 independent experts.
The Treaty of Aachen is based on the Treaty of Elysee of 1963. It was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Conrad Adenauer in Paris and obliged the authorities of both countries to hold regular consultations on international policy issues. The aim of the new Treaty is to bring the two countries closer together. The new agreement Emmanuel macron proposed to conclude in September 2017.
The priority of joint diplomacy is the inclusion of Germany in the UN Security Council as a full member.
In order to coordinate their actions, the countries establish a joint Defence and Security Council and, in the event of armed aggression, undertake to provide each other with comprehensive assistance and support.
It is noted that the document was also signed by the foreign Ministers of the two countries.
According to NTV, Macron called the agreement a "new Chapter" for both countries.