France’s President Emmanuel Macron (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Pool/AFP
France’s President Emmanuel Macron (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Pool/AFP

France, Germany firm up ties as European ‘driving force’

  • French President Emmanuel Macron cites need to ensure EU is a ‘a geopolitical power in its own right, in defence, space and diplomacy’
  • ‘Structural problems’ hinder shaping of closer ties, analyst notes, with frictions felt by even by the public

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Pool/AFP
France’s President Emmanuel Macron (left) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. Photo: Pool/AFP
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