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

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

French more pessimistic than Germans about future, survey shows

Study also shows French are significantly more critical than Germans of government and public services, and distrustful of EU and globalisation.

Paris, Berlin add pressure on Warsaw over Polish judiciary reforms

At a meeting of European Union (EU) ministers on Tuesday, France and Germany said they were concerned over reforms of the Polish judicial system, which are regarded as politically intimidating for the country's courts and a threat to their independence, voicing their support for EU Commission infringement procedures which could in theory result in Poland losing its EU voting rights.

France and Germany set up parliamentary assembly

The 100-member Franco-German assembly, which implements the new Aachen treaty, met for its first biannual summit in Paris.

Macron, Merkel seal Franco-German 'friendship pact'

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 tells German parliament Europe must block global chaos

In a speech to Germany's parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe must not become 'a plaything of great powers' and that 'in this global order [...] our true strength lies in unity'.

Paris and Berlin call for shake-up of EU development banks

They seek 'clearer delineation of mandates' between European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Britain appeals to France, Germany to help avoid 'no deal' Brexit

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who visited Paris on Tuesday, has called on France and Germany to put pressure on European Union negotiators in Brexit talks to respond more positively to the UK's propositions for a deal and to avoid what he has said is otherwise 'the real chance' of his country leaving the EU next year without one.

France to lead joint fighter jet program with Germany

New combat jet intended to replace French Rafales made by Dassault Aviation and German Eurofighters from 2040. 

France, Germany slam Trump over G7 statement U-turn

France and Germany have reacted strongly at a decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw his support for the concluding joint statement issued by the Group of Seven summit in Canada of leading world economic powers, with a French presidential source calling it an act of 'incoherence and inconsistency' and the German foreign minister saying trust had been 'lost'. 

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

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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.

Jury out on Macron's structural reforms of the French economy

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Just hours after naming the conservative Edouard Philippe as his prime minister on Monday, France’s new president Emmanuel Macron flew off to pay a visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She, like European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, has hailed the election of pro-EU Macron, and notably his announced structural reforms of France’s economy, which are at the heart of his political programme. Macron considers they represent a panacea for the ills in French society, but are they really appropriate to the country’s economic situation? Romaric Godin weighs up the widely different views on the mantra that there is no alternative to “structural reforms”.  

Macron to meet Merkel in Berlin on Monday

Emmanuel Macron is to travel to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, the day after his inauguration as France's new president, when the two leaders are expected to seek agreement on measures to strengthen the eurozone.

Berlin watches anxiously as France poll approaches

Germany doubts any of the presidential candidates will tackle the political and economic problems faced by their French neighbours.

Euro may not exist in 10 years, warns presidential hopeful Macron

Emmanuel Macron called for a euro zone budget to finance investments and to extend financial assistance to struggling member states.