French presidency of the EU: important role to play for Germany

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz, December 17, 2021 in Brussels.

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The French presidency of the European Union, which started on Saturday January 1, 2022, is already assured of being able to count on the support of Germany.

Clearly assured support from the German Foreign Minister within the government of the new Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz.


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With our correspondent in Berlin,

Julien Mechaussie


An important opportunity to be seized together to strengthen Europe and make it capable of meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

 The words are signed Annalena Baerbock, the environmental chief of German diplomacy, on the eve of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Sustainable economic recovery, fight against the climate crisis, digitization: so many subjects that Emmanuel Macron wishes to cover over the next six months and already at the heart of the program of the new coalition in power in Berlin.

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A convergence which is also found in the place of the continent in the world, with the strengthening of European sovereignty.

France will be able to rely on the Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz, at the head of a pro-European government, alongside environmentalists and liberals.

Here too, the objective of the French presidency to establish European minimum wages is echoed by neighboring Germany, which is preparing to set a minimum wage at 12 euros an hour.

Another sign of the alignment of the planets between the two partners: Germany has announced that it wants to take advantage of its G7 presidency to support France.

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  • Germany

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  • Emmanuel Macron

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