France, Germany to sign new treaty today
On January 22 in 1963, French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Dr Konrad Adenauer signed in Paris the Elysee Treaty that marked the beginning of an era of friendship and cooperation between the two countries after more than a century of tension and war.
It took the great leadership of both heads of state and government to create the conditions of the reconciliation and cooperation 18 years after the end of the war, says a press release.
Fifty-six years later, today a new treaty is going to be signed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel in Aachen, Germany.
The representatives from the European Union institutions will also be present.
The first treaty was about reconciliation and the new one focuses on convergence, bringing closer their socio-economic models and joint positions in the international fora, in the context of the European integration.
In addition to the treaty, an agreement will be signed between the Bundestag, the German parliament; and the Assemblée Nationale, the French parliament, creating a 100-member strong French-German parliamentary assembly.
In a volatile international and European context, France and Germany recall, in the solemn form of a treaty between the two states, their shared commitment to values as the rule of law and multilateralism as well as their joint responsibility to build a sovereign and united Europe.