Why Emmanuel Macron is occurring a state go to to Germany | EUROtoday

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VTwenty-four years with no state go to by a French president to Germany! Emmanuel Macron takes up a practice which had been considerably misplaced since Jacques Chirac in 2000, the final to have crossed the Rhine on this extra formal framework and on the invitation of the President of the Federal Republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. There have been six state visits in whole: General de Gaulle in 1962, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in 1981, François Mitterrand twice (1987 and 1989). Emmanuel Macron needed to postpone this state go to, initially deliberate for early July 2023, following the riots in France. The turmoil in New Caledonia should have no influence on its agenda, assures the Élysée.

President Macron will due to this fact proceed, after Nouméa, from Sunday May 26 and till Tuesday May 28, the ultimate day of the go to which will likely be extra classically dedicated to the Franco-German Council of Ministers. The president will first go to Berlin, then to Dresden (a primary within the former East Germany) and eventually to Münster the place he’ll obtain the “Westphalian Peace Prize”. This is a prize awarded by the Economic Society of Westphalia and Lippe (WWL).

Macron rewarded for his peace efforts in Ukraine

The choice was made by a jury in February 2023 in mild of the French president's efforts to attempt to finish Russia's struggle of aggression towards Ukraine. In quick, the quite a few telephone calls, in the event that they had been in useless to dissuade Vladimir Putin from persevering with his invasion, at the least earned the top of state a “peace prize”, in Münster, town of the peace treaty which ended the Thirty Years' War.

President Steinmeier was particularly eager to rejoice the seventy fifth anniversary of the German Basic Law within the firm of the French President, Brandenburg Gate. A basic Constitution for the reconstruction of Germany and its return to the circle of civilized nations after the abominable Nazi interval. It is a second of reminiscence that the 2 international locations intend to share a number of days earlier than one other historic anniversary, June 6, the eightieth anniversary of “D Day” in Normandy. On June 10, the German president may also go to Oradour-sur-Glane, the martyr village close to Limoges. A state dinner will likely be given on Sunday May 26 within the presence of Chancellor Olaf Scholz and former Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Decorations for the couple Klarsfeld

Monday morning, President Macron will go to the Shoah Memorial in Berlin and can converse on the event of the presentation of decorations to the Klarsfeld couple, Serge being elevated to the rank of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor and Beate , nice officer. The Élysée didn’t want to touch upon Serge Klarsfeld's statements approving the evolution of the RN. “When I see a major party from the extreme right abandoning anti-Semitism, negationism, and moving towards republican values, I rejoice,” he declared in an interview with Figaro in November 2023. I pay attention to these steps ahead by the National Rally. » On Monday afternoon, President Macron will journey to Dresden and ship a speech on youth on Frauenkirche Square. On Tuesday May 28, Emmanuel Macron will obtain his prize in Münster.

The Franco-German council of ministers will likely be held at Meseberg Castle, the retirement place of the Chancellor of Germany in Brandenburg. The two international locations have chosen to interrupt away from habits which might be somewhat too institutional to focus on a specific theme. The topic chosen is that of competitiveness, each within the Franco-German relationship and on the European stage. France and Germany also needs to announce on this event an “initiative to revive growth in Europe”. A number of days earlier than the European elections on June 9, Chancellor Scholz and the French president are sending a message of the sustainability of the Franco-German relationship, of the credibility of Europe in a tough interval past the ritual variations between the 2 international locations from that it’s a query of committing European funds or nuclear energy.

Discussions on the European strategic agenda

President Macron ought to undoubtedly check with Chancellor Scholz a few of the proposals contained in his second speech from the Sorbonne. If the 2 males make the frequent commentary that Europe is going through an funding wall (ecological, digital transition, protection, technological improvements, and so forth.), we nonetheless have to agree, exactly, on the technique of financing the key European tasks of the mandate which can open after the European elections. Remember {that a} “strategic agenda” will likely be printed by the European Council in June, which can ship a kind of roadmap to the following European Commission.

There may also be a part of this dialogue time dedicated to the Franco-German Security Council which can take inventory of help for Ukraine and the progress of Franco-German army tasks, the tank of the long run (MGCS) and the fight plane of the long run (SCAF). For this state go to throughout the Rhine, President Macron is taking a number of ministers on board his airplane, together with Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Sébastien Lecornu (Defense), Stéphane Séjourné (Foreign Affairs), Sylvie Retailleau (Research), Roland Lescure ( Industry), Jean-Noël Barrot (European Affairs). SME enterprise leaders may also be a part of the presidential delegation.