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EU: Macron and Merkel sign Aachen treaty

 |  January 23, 2019

On Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France met in a German city symbolic to both, Aachen, or Aix-la-Chapelle in French, to renew that commitment for the 21st century, reported The Financial Times.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Emmanuel Macron, French president, sealed the agreement 56 years to the day after Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle signed the Élysée Treaty, a landmark pact that became a symbol of reconciliation between the two former enemies. The ceremony took place near the residence of Charlemagne, the king who united much of western and central Europe during the Early Middle Ages.

Mr Macron said the Aachen treaty opened “a new chapter” in the Franco-German relationship. In a Europe threatened by Brexit, rising nationalism and the challenges of terrorism, migration and digitalization, “Germany and France must assume responsibility and show the way”, he added.

Full Content: Financial Times

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