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Franco-German call to reopen borders

The President of the French National Assembly and his German counterpart call for the border between European countries to be reopened as soon as possible, after several weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The President of the French National Assembly and his German counterpart call for the border between European countries to be reopened as soon as possible, after several weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(AFP) – “France and Germany must work for the immediate restoration of free movement within the Schengen area when the conditions are met”, underline Richard Ferrand and Wolfgang Schäuble in a joint declaration. “The closure of the Franco-German border already has serious consequences, which go far beyond the border region and weigh in particular on the perception of Franco-German relations”, indicate Mr. Ferrand, member of the president’s centrist LREM party Frenchman Emmanuel Macron, and Wolfgang Schäuble, a heavyweight in the CDU conservative movement of Chancellor Angela Merkel, pleading for “rapid action”.

This text is published two days before a meeting of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly, a new forum of the two Chambers created to strengthen relations between the two countries, devoted to the lessons to be drawn in Europe from the pandemic of covid-19 . To date, a border reopening is scheduled within Europe from mid-June, but so far announcements have been made in disorder among European countries despite calls by the European Commission to further consultation.

“A kind of new Schuman Plan”

The presidents of the two Chambers of Deputies also in their declaration “welcomed” and gave their “support” to the recent proposal of the French Head of State and the Chancellor for a recovery plan in Europe of 500 billion d following the pandemic, financed by debt contracted by the European Union. A project that is controversial because it breaks a European taboo in the area of ​​debt pooling. “France and Germany assume their common responsibility for the EU” with this proposal, which aims to “Europe come out stronger after the coronavirus crisis”, they say.

The two officials go even further by calling “now to launch a decade of public investment” in Europe, in health, climate protection and security. “The initiative of our two governments should be the kick-off to develop a kind of new Schuman Plan”, they add, with reference to the founding text of European construction published in May 1950, that is to say exactly 70 years.


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