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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are set to deepen Franco-German ties by signing a “twinning” treaty which has been criticised as an “erosion” of national sovereignty.
The pro-open borders German chancellor and globalist French president are set to formalise their already close co-operation with shared defence, foreign and economic policy, and business regulations in what is seen as a prototype for a “more sovereign, united” Europe, The Times reports.
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As European Union member states, the countries have already abandoned many of their sovereign rights by ditching their national currencies for the euro, agreeing to open borders within the bloc, and submitting to European courts as their highest legal arbiter.
The new treaty, styled on the 1963 Élysée Treaty of post-war reconciliation, will also encourage the formation of border town “Eurodistricts” where French and German towns will merge public transport networks and utilities.
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The countries also plan to coordinate their positions in Brussels and lobby the United Nations to give Germany its own seat on the Security Council — France holding one of five permanent positions in the influential group.
Late last year, Germany called on France to give up its seat to the EU so the bloc could “speak with one voice” — a request France rejected. Germany began her two-year stint in the Security Council as one of ten non-permanent members in January, with Mrs Merkel telling her country in her New Year’s address that she would keep pushing for “global solutions” to the world’s problems, including mass migration and climate change.
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“Both states will deepen their cooperation in foreign affairs, defence, external and internal security and development and at the same time work on strengthening the ability of Europe to act independently,” says the text of the treaty, as seen by Reuters.
“Both states will deepen the integration of their economies towards a German-French economic...
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