Angela Merkel

Macron to give Merkel highest French honour on farewell visit

International — Link

Wednesday's visit is presented as a "personal" moment between the two leaders and their spouses, Brigitte Macron and Joachim Sauer, before Merkel leaves politics after the formation of a new German government expected in December.

The fall of Macron and Hollande's Syrian 'friend'

France — Investigation

He has been variously described as a “billionaire, a “peacemaker” and a key figure in “inter-faith dialogue”. For ten years French political and religious leaders have rolled out the red carpet for Mohamad Izzat Khatab, a Syrian businessman whose past is shrouded in mystery. According to an investigation by Mediapart, this fan of selfies taken with the rich and powerful has just been placed under investigation in relation to a vast fraud case. Antton Rouget reports.

Europe's hypocrisy over Afghan refugees

International — Analysis

Most European Union countries waited until the last minute before suspending expulsions of Afghans who had sought asylum on their soil. Now that the Taliban have seized power in Kabul, the 27 EU foreign ministers are meeting this Tuesday to decide the next steps to take. A dignified welcome for Afghan exiles who have already arrived on their territory would be a first sign of solidarity, says Mediapart's Carine Fouteau.

Macron and Merkel meet to chart Europe’s course

France — Link

Lebanon, anti-government protests in Belarus, the COVID-19 crisis, Mali’s coup d’état, and tensions between Greece and Turkey will also be discussed, according to a French official.

France and Germany plan €500bn recovery fund

France — Link

President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the unprecedented package after talks by video conference.

'Merkel speaks to adults...Macron talks as if we're children'

International — Interview

In an interview with Mediapart, history lecturer Johann Chapoutot, an expert on contemporary Germany and the history of the Nazis, uses the example of Germany to highlight France's failings in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He says that while the German chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to people's reason, in France “they lie to us”. Interview by Ludovic Lamant.

France and Germany agree new rules on disputed arms exports

International — Link

At a meeting on Wednesday between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two leaders reportedly agreed that weapons built by either of their countries and which contained 20% or more of components from the other would require before any export the consent of the country where the component was manufactured.

EU Commission : France and Germany differ on Brussels' top job

France — Link

Angela Merkel wants centre-right candidate Manfred Weber as next EU Commission president but Emmanuel Macron favours other candidates.

Macron, Merkel seal Franco-German 'friendship pact'

International — Link

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in the border town of Aachen on Tuesday to sign a pact that brings greater cooperation between their two countries, notably in economic and security issues, and including the aim of creating a 'German-French economic area with common rules' and a 'common military culture' that Merkel said could 'contribute to the creation of a European army'.

Macron’s EU influence in doubt as Merkel’s fades

France — Link

Merkel’s decision to stand down now as CDU party leader has forced French president to reassess prospects for critical relationship with Berlin.

Macron and Merkel back euro zone budget

France — Link

Franco-German pair hailed a 'new chapter' for currency union, but left details to be worked out later with other members of the 19-country bloc. 

Macron hails German coalition vote as 'good news for Europe'

International — Link

French president congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel and acting SPD leader Olaf Scholz after Social Democrats voted for new coalition.

Macron joins May and Merkel in standing by Iran nuclear deal

International — Link

French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her German counterpart Angela Merkel have issued a joint statement in support of the 2015 agreement with Iran limiting its use of nuclear technology which US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not recertify, while Macron phoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to assure him in person of France's committment to the deal.

Macron backs 'vital' cooperation with Merkel over future of Europe

International — Link

French president Tweeted his plea for cooperation after calling German Chancellor to congratulate her on winning a fourth term in office.

How Assad regime built chemical arsenal with aid of Germany and other countries

International — Investigation

Russia, Armenia and the former West Germany were all major suppliers of technology and raw materials for Syria's programme of chemical weapon production, exiled Syrians who worked on the project have told Mediapart. They also say that, in violation of intentional law, the Damascus regime still has a secret arsenal of up to 35 tonnes of chemical weapons. René Backmann reports.