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Merkel wants to revamp Franco-German ties with new elan
July 13, 2017 / 12:52 PM / 3 months ago

Merkel wants to revamp Franco-German ties with new elan

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a news conference following a Franco-German joint cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she wanted to breathe new life into Franco-German relations, promising closer cooperation between the two European Union heavyweights with the aim of reforming the bloc.

Merkel, speaking in Paris after a joint Franco-German cabinet meeting, added that Europe must take its fate into its own hands.

“I believe that we have shown shortly after the new government here was installed that we are ready to activate Franco-German relations with a new impetus,” Merkel said during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Madeline Chambers in Berlin; Writing by Joseph Nasr, editing by Thomas Escritt

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