Three Main Points of New Franco-German Threaty

The French and German leaders will sign a follow-up pact to the 1963 Elysee Treaty on Tuesday (Jan 22) to stress the depth of the partnership at the heart of the European Union.

The initiative aims to send a muscular response to eurosceptic forces as the bloc grapples with Brexit and likely gains by populist-nationalist parties in May’s European Parliament elections.

The new Franco-German friendship treaty has been criticised variously as going too far and falling short of its potential, and mocked as the symbolic initiative of two weakened leaders.

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