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France and Germany promise to strengthen ties with a new bilateral treaty



French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to agree a new Franco-German treaty this year to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

In a joint statement on Sunday, both leaders say they will seek closer economic ties and convergence on fiscal issues.

They also want to develop a common diplomatic approach, promote cooperation in foreign affairs and security, including the fight against terrorism, and "defend more effectively the common Franco-German interests and values".

The declaration was scheduled to commemorate 55 years since the signing of the 1963 Elysee friendship treaty, which marked the reconciliation between France and Germany after the Second World War.

The leaders also pledged to improve cooperation in education and research and develop joint proposals for climate protection.


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