View Full Version : France, Germany To Merge Economic And Defense Policies; Create Cross-Border "Eurodist

01-13-2019, 07:48 PM
Germany and France are set to forge a pact aligning their defense, diplomatic and economic policies in an unprecedented "twinning" pact "regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union," according to The Times' Oliver Moody.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will sign the "Aachen treaty" later this month which will govern a coordinated diplomatic front as well as joint actions on peacekeeping missions.

What's more - areas on both sides of the Franco-German border will be encouraged to establish "Eurodistricts" in which both countries would merge water, electricity and public transport networks.

Berlin and Paris will offer cash to incentivise these cross-border areas, which could involve shared hospitals, joint business schemes or environmental projects. Some officials regard these experiments as a petri dish for the integration of the EU. -The Times

No word on whether France will accept half of Germany's refugees.

Additionally, both countries will lobby for Berlin to receive a permanent seat on the United Nations security council, where France already sits with the United States, China, Russia and Britain. Berlin was elected to the council as a non-permanent member last June


DumbAss Tanker
01-13-2019, 11:26 PM
If they're unified on policy and defense, what's the point in both having a seat?

It seems like they go through this crap every ten years or so, then between the French having all sorts of overseas commitments that Germany doesn't share, and the Germans nickel-and-diming the Bundeswehr to death so it can't even fulfill its NATO share, the whole plan ends up being nothing but a paper drill and they both wander off in their own direction and sort of forget the whole thing ever existed over time..