Today, there is Franco-German summit to show a united front before the EU summit of June 28 and 29. Will be present the French president, Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and The main ministers of both countries. This meeting will be under pressure for the German Chancellor repressed between her conservative allies of the CSU and the social democratic branch of his government about refugee question.

Firstly, the in-deth study of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is on the agenda. The main goal is to present a roadmap for Eurozone. For the French, this “budget” of the euro zone will have “functions of stabilization, but also of convergence and investment”.This orientation have  to be confirmed by the germanside, which insists on avoiding the simple “budgetary transfers”.

Nevertheless, this topic ricks of being in back seat of discussionwhile migrant’sissues create trouble in European cohesion and test the German Chancellor’s coalition government severely. Franco-German couple could introduce proposition for a mechanism combining “efficiency and solidarity”. Moreover, the question of financing transit countries, such as Libya or in the countries of origin of migrants, including Niger and Chad, to “inform and dissuade” candidates to leave their country, will be addressed.There is already a common position on the fact the management of migrants must be European.

Lastly, Paris and Berlin fight for a reinforcement of European Corps of Border and Coast Guard (Frontex) capacity to secure the external borders.

In summary, this Franco-German summit is a dress rehearsal in contemplation of European Summit of June 28 and 29, “the summit of the last chance”.

 

Clémence LAMBOTTE

For further information:

RTBF : https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_angela-merkel-retrouve-emmanuel-macron-en-pleine-crise-migratoire-avant-le-sommet-de-l-ue?id=9949530

Le Monde : https://abonnes.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2018/06/18/eurozone-francais-et-allemands-peaufinent-une-feuille-de-route-commune-pour-l-europe_5317199_3234.html

France 24 : http://www.france24.com/fr/20180619-union-europenne-france-allemagne-migrants-macron-merkel-sommet-crise-migratoire