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Berlin, Paris close ranks but differences remain

While Germany and France will renew treaty, they have developed in very different ways

Next Tuesday, Germany and France will celebrate their friendship with another treaty. In the German city of Aachen, where the Charlemagne Prize, or Karlspreis, is awarded yearly for special achievements for Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will sign an agreement that will renew the Elysee treaty of 1963.

However, all the pomp and circumstance around the signing ceremony cannot cover the fact that the two neighbours have developed in very different ways.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2019, with the headline 'Berlin, Paris close ranks but differences remain'. Print Edition | Subscribe