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France, Germany agree to coordinate foreign policy more closely

Published on Jan 22, 2014 12:34 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France and Germany agreed on Tuesday a closer coordination of foreign policy, including making joint trips abroad and ensuring they go into European Union meetings with a common line.

Cooperation between Paris and Berlin was largely on hold during 2013 ahead of national elections in Germany which saw the re-election of Angela Merkel as head of a coalition of her conservatives with the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD).

"We must take advantage of the situation: France and Germany both have three years ahead of them without any national elections," France's Mr Laurent Fabius said after talks with German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"That gives us a timeframe we want to exploit to give a new impulse to Franco-German cooperation," he told reporters.

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