The Aachen-based contract is not less than the renewal of the promise of the German-French friendship. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in Aachen, the new of the Élysée Treaty signing, you want to lift the bilateral relations to a new level. It says So in the agreement.

In times of Brexit and the strengthening of nationalism for Europe friends a good news.

Nevertheless, there are criticisms: too little, Too vague in the contract. Of course, this is also due to the expectation. And to understand, one must look at the Genesis of this 16-page paper:

In his keynote speech to Europe at the Sorbonne-University of Macron had spoken in September of 2017 impressive of a re-establishment of Europe. Germany, he suggested a new partnership, he spoke of the pioneer spirit of the Elysee Treaty of 1963.

The Treaty, which documented the change of the ideas of hereditary enmity to the Erbfreundschaft at the same time as driving.

In the past year, the parliaments of the two countries adopted a joint Resolution, called upon their governments to develop the new Élysée Treaty. The parliamentarians formulated 25 claims. Including:

The obstacles to the European internal market should be removed and, for example, minimum wages are complied with; the tax base of the corporate income tax should be aligned; a European innovation Agency should be established; the border regions Autonomous powers should be transferred.

The parliamentarians formulated ambitious and concrete projects. In the new Treaty, however, the speech is now a total of less of specific projects. An example of High Standards in the labour law to receive minimum wages, but no speech is. Or: The economic, fiscal and social harmonisation should be encouraged, the corporate tax, specifically, is not mentioned.

Otherwise, the more detailed the contract, the Chapter reads for the cross-border cooperation. The border regions with adequate skills is the purpose of “targeted funds and accelerated procedures”, also, derogations could be provided. (Click here to read more about the content and significance of the Aachen Treaty).

The European-policy spokesperson of the Green group, Franziska Brantner, the to little. “Disappointing,” says the Treaty: “a Lot of flowery words without any concrete implementation targets and, above all, no German-French Ambition for Europe. The parliaments had outlined in its Resolution last year, courageous projects for the German-French Treaty, they have not used, and the majorities for governments,” she says of the MIRROR.

Even from the government parties ‘ criticism. As President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, said on the question of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”, whether he, Schäuble, find the German response to Macron, similar to his party friend Friedrich Merz to thin: “Would I be a candidate for the CDU presidency, what I intend is certainly, I would connect me to the judgment of Friedrich Merz.”


For the Bundestag and its President is one thing particularly annoying is the fact that Merkel and Macron come up with their Aachen ceremony of their own planning in the way. Because the Bundestag and the French national Assembly have drafted a private agreement, and intending to English-French Assembly, each consisting of 50 members. At least twice a year the meeting days, with their decisions, who have to deal with the two national parliaments. The project’s pioneering spirit.

this agreement should be closed actually, also this Tuesday: in the Morning German parliamentarians wanted to travel to Paris in the afternoon, a celebration should take place the meeting in Berlin. Since the autumn of this date was planned, but then Merkel and Macron came in between, and informed from the point of view of the parliamentarians, too, in the short term about your plans.

In the whole of the Aachen Treaty of the word “Parliament” alone in two Places. “It is a pity that parliaments play only a secondary role,” says the European policy spokesman of the FDP, Michael Link, of the MIRROR. “Instead of being active in this good and important contract to integrate and to give, for example, the Bundestag and the Assemblée jointly developed the German-French parliamentary Assembly have a role in the development of the planned new German-French project, mentioned in the Treaty, the parliaments just at the very edge,” says Link. According to SPIEGEL information, is now considered a cross-group, how to anchor, could the parliaments in the Treaty.

at the meeting of the Council of Elders of the Bundestag last Thursday, so it is said by participants, the contrast between the Parliament and the government. Hendrik Hoppenstedt, the Minister of state at the Chancellery, said The Federal government had informed the members of Yes. He was referring to talks in the German-French parliamentary group. There are only officials from the foreign office and the Chancellery were sitting for the government. An official under the direction of looks different.

“Mr Hoppenstedt, I like you, Yes…” began the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, his response: “But the Parliament is not informed about individual members, but about the President. And the to 07. January is not informed,” said Schäuble clear about his information.

There are, moreover, positive, almost relieved reactions. In the meantime, it was considered uncertain whether the contract ever comes to pass.

The justice Minister and top candidate of the SPD in the European elections, the Katarina Barley , says: “With the Aachen Treaty, we are setting a clear sign for a more in-depth cooperation between our two countries and for Europe.” She also praises the project: “With concrete improvements, such as the recognition of School and vocational qualifications, it is easy to live and Work across borders.” The CDU Chairman of the Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an Interview with the French newspaper “Le Monde”, she is looking forward especially on the progress of the cooperation in the border regions. The saaarländische CDU-Prime Minister of Tobias Hans says: “It is a good sign that the new Élysée Treaty recognizes for the first time, the role of the border regions, and commits itself to more participation of border regions in national policy decisions as well as legal design possibilities opens up.” He hoped that the “new spirit” of the Aachen Treaty, helping to limit the nationalism in Germany and France.

The Passage to the border region, even if it is quite dry, therefore, is at the heart of the Treaty. These regions are not only more skills, but also a Committee for cross-border cooperation is to be established. The digital and physical networks, including rail and road connections, should be better linked to each other. The everyday life of the people in the border regions should be facilitated.

in addition, the States have adopted a Franco-German defence and security Council. You want to aim for a German seat in the UN security Council. In the event of an attack, you assist each other, each in its Power support.

This is not a joint army but the beginning.

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