Unusually sharp, the former Czech head of state Václav Klaus has criticized the new German-French friendship Treaty. Klaus spoke in a on the sides of his office published the comment of a “secret Treaty of the de facto merger of France and Germany”. But the citizens had not been consulted about this, complained about it.

Neither Germany nor France had succeeded to dominate Europe, even if Hitler and Napoleon had sought, wrote the Year of 77 -. “It is the success of Franco-German country?” he added. According to the Ex-President’s fear that a “parallel integration project” to the EU, a new “super-state”, had to be taken in the Laggards no more consideration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron had signed on Tuesday afternoon in Aachen in the contract. The agreement is intended to Supplement the 1963 Elysée Treaty, the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, on the day exactly 56 years ago, President Charles de Gaulle in Paris sealed. The Treaty of Aachen, provides for closer cooperation in the economic, defence and European policy.

But Klaus holds the plans for a stronger cooperation between Paris and Berlin in the field of defence for the disturbing. “Who is regarded as the inner enemy? All those who do not share Macrons and Merkel’s Definition of European values?”, it is said in his Letter.

Klaus was from 2003 to 2013, the Czech head of state. He was kicked repeatedly as a critic of the German refugee policy.

Hofreiter: cooperation on low flame

criticism also came from the Green. “What was decided in Aachen, is a collaboration on the back burner”, said Bundestag faction leader Anton Hofreiter. Above all, the Chancellery will have slows down a lot of reform hopes.

“Both the President and Emmanuel Macron, as well as the German Bundestag and the French Parliament would be objectives to a far closer co-operation and ambitious, for example, in the area of climate protection, have been ready,” said Hofreiter. Merkel (CDU) to produce, while a ceremonial mood and beautiful pictures, but little substance. “In challenging times like these, it is not enough, unfortunately, to be only with the heart for Europe.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the Treaty of Aachen as a guarantor for peace in Europe: “It was wrong in the German-French history more often – Yes -. War. Bad.” Including the neighbors would have suffered greatly. “The prospect that this will never happen again, our continent and the rest of the continent needs to be able to thrive,” said Juncker. He urged both countries to maintain their consent – because it is easier for other countries to agree.

The German industry praised the new German-French friendship Treaty as a “strong character”. The Aachen-based contract would have to follow, but also “concrete steps” demanded of the Federal Association of German industry (BDI). This was especially true for the area of digitization: Germany and France “driving force would have to be” on the subject of Artificial intelligence, called BDI-managing Director Joachim Lang.


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