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Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy both referred on Monday 3 March in Hanover to the friendship between the two countries, after a period of cool relations.

They announced agreement on Sarkozy’s ’Mediterranean Union’ project, originally opposed by the German Chancellor. No details were given and there will be a Franco-German proposal to next week’s European Council. Merkel has clearly persuaded Sarkozy that this is to be an EU project and not an intergovernmental one among a smaller number of Member States.

The idea is to bring together southern European and North African countries, as well as Israel and its Arab neighbours, to address counter-terrorism, immigration, energy, trade, water and sustainable development. Hopefully, this will result in a strengthening of the Barcelona process, whose object is to promote economic, political and social relations and eventually to create a free trade area.

A compromise was also reached on the Commission’s proposals to reduce new car emissions and a “common position” will shortly be announced.

This rapprochement is welcome, but it is hard to envisage that the personal chemistry of the current Franco-German couple will allow the relationship to match that of its predecessors, such as Chirac & Schroeder, Mitterand & Kohl and Giscard and Schmidt.

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  2. I don’t think the relationship of those two can be any better than Mitterand & Kohl and Giscard and Schmidt ever were. Plus, politicians like to talk some and then some more and even if these “dreams” came into effect it would take years for them to be implemented anyway.

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