Video: Once again to Paris: Thank you, dear Angela

The outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron are said to have a particularly cordial relationship. Whether that’s true or not, on Thursday the two had the opportunity to say goodbye to each other on the stage of world politics. Merkel traveled to Paris, as so often before, and Macron received her at the Élysée Palace in the French capital, probably for the last time in her fourth, soon-to-end term in office. “In this context, we will of course also be talking about European issues. You have already mentioned our relations with the neighborhood: Ukraine, Normandy format and of course the situation in Belarus Western Balkans and in preparation for the informal European Council in Slovenia on October 5th and 6th, this will be an important topic for our discussions today. ” “Well, I have to go back to Berlin tonight. I’m not afraid that it will be boring, it will be very interesting and I’m looking forward to the friendly exchange here in Paris. Thank you very much for the invitation.” “Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, dear Angela.” She was received here by four Presidents of the Republic, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, Francois Hollande and Emmanuel Macron. During the 16 years of her tenure, she was often a guest here, always in the service of Franco-German cooperation and the European Union. In 2005, on her first full day at work as Chancellor, she went straight to Paris to meet Jacques Chirac. Two years later, when his term of office was drawing to a close, he went on his last trip abroad to see Angela in Berlin. With Sarkozy, she continued to work on strengthening the Paris-Berlin alliance and on a solution to the Greek debt crisis. Debt in Europe, also a dominant topic in discussions with Sarkozy’s successor, Hollande. With him she celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reconciliation between Germany and France. With her younger, energetic ally Macron, she mastered challenges such as Brexit, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the Covid-19 crisis. Paris, France and its presidents – probably a special chapter in the term of office of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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