French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met on Sunday in Paris for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. Both leaders assured their countries of continued support for Ukraine. “We will continue to give Ukraine, as long as necessary, all the assistance it needs,” said Olaf Scholz.
France and Germany will support Ukraine “as long as it is necessary” and “we will be steadfast” against Russian aggression, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron assured on Sunday during a ceremony at the Paris Sorbonne on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty.
– We will continue to give Ukraine, as long as necessary, all the assistance it needs. Together, as Europeans, in defense of our European peace project, Scholz said at the ceremony.
Macron on “unwavering support” for the Ukrainian people
In turn, Macron confirmed the “unwavering support” of both countries for the Ukrainian people “in all areas”. “After February 24, our alliance did not shirk its responsibilities,” added the French president.
“The future, like the past, depends on the cooperation of our two countries as the locomotive of a united Europe,” declared the German Chancellor, describing the “Franco-German mechanism” as “a machine of compromise” that “allows us to transform controversies and divergent interests into convergent actions.”
The Élysée Treaty, signed in 1963, ended centuries of rivalry – and sometimes hostility – between France and Germany, and became the nucleus of their actions as a motor of European integration. It envisaged, among other things, that there will be summits of the leaders of the two countries at least twice a year, and meetings of foreign ministers once every three months, and that there will be regular consultations between governments on defense, education and youth issues.
The treaty created a Franco-German Youth Office, three joint Franco-German universities, many twinning agreements between cities from the two countries, and a joint Franco-German military brigade (although this will only last more than a quarter of a century after it was signed) ).
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