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TRANSLATION: Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy that I can welcome

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here the French President who has been inaugurated yesterday, I am

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very happy to greet him and welcome him in Berlin, it is a great honour

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that the first trip that you undertake has taken you to Berlin,

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to Germany and you can see from the number of journalists, that your

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trip has stirred a certain amount of interest. We have exchanged our

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views today, and we have agreed that we are going to continue to work

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very closely together, for a start I congratulated the President for his

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very courageous path he is going to undertake, and the path started

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during his electoral campaign, and I wish him all the very best, best of

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luck for his political future to make sure that France remains able

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to act and react. We know about the importance and significance of the

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Franco-German relationship, it is a historically and long established

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grown relationship, and I personally, I for one am very much

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aware of the responsibility, at this critical point in time for the

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European Union that we can and must take the right decisions, and we

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have agreed to work closely together, in friendly terms, for the

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benefit of the people, in our countries. I believe that the

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essence of this relationship should be that, this is what Mr Macron says

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to us German, we of course represent our nations interests but the German

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interests are very closely linked with the French interests, and

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Europe can only prosper if and when France and Germany prosper, and that

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is the reason why I feel so committed to this h and I say this

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also on behalf of the federal Government, we have been discussing

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about three areas, that we are going to deep, intensify over dinner,

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there are a number of issues for example, the European asylum system,

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we are going to talk about the service directive, we are going to

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talk about issues regarding trade and commerce, and we want to create

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jobs, we want to secure jobs in our countries, something which is going

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to be very important, for people who are unemployed in Germany and

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perhaps even more importantly, in France. Secondly, we agreed that our

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bilateral cooperation will have to be further developed, we are going

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to connect with points in the past, but we want to increase the dynamics

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and that is the reason why in July we want to conduct another German

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French council of minister, in order to present a number of projects that

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should give a new push to our relationship.

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We have also agreed that in the mid-term of the European Union we

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want to work out a timetable, a road map, if you like, projects that

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cannot develop overnight, but we have a joint conviction that we are

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not only going to deal with the British exit from the European

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Union, but we also need to deepen the European Union, the cooperation

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within the eurozone, and we need to promote cooperation. For example,

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issues like a tax system, harmonisation, that can also be part

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of our discussions. Corporation in defence, we are going to intensify

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our talks there as well. There should be a more coherent European

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defence and foreign politics, and France and Germany will be a

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component in this thrust. I also support all efforts to somehow

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decrease bureaucracy, sometimes we are too cumbersome, to slow and not

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too agile. A warm welcome, here in Berlin. I can only say that I look

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forward to a very good cooperation and I look forward to our good

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results for the citizens in our countries. TRANSLATION: Thank you

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very much. Ladies and gentlemen, on my side, I am very happy, the day

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after the handing over of powers, to be here with you in Berlin and to

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have this first exchange on our future policies. You reminded people

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that I was elected on the 7th of May for a project that was clearly

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defending Europe, the European project and the Franco German

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project. Not a relationship of blackmail, but of trust, which is

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the condition of progressing for Europe to progress overall. Of

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course, I haven't forgotten the message of anger of the French

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people that expressed itself on the 7th of May, and which reminded all

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of us that there are also reforms that need to be made, more

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effectiveness and protection with regards to certain troubles that

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have affected the people and the world. So, I am here today, I am

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happy to represent France, but with a heavy burden, a heavy task. My

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first task is to put in place the reforms that France needs. The

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agenda will be one of reform over the next few months, social,

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economic and educational, as I stated during the campaign. Not

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because Europe requests this, but France needs it. France today is the

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only big country and the European Union which, over the last 30 years,

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has not been able to avoid mass unemployment. That is what my

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government will do, which I will talk about tomorrow. Then there will

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be parliamentary elections, as you stated. But it is within that

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spirit, and I will ask the Prime Minister to conduct the government's

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policy. Then there is the need to have a Europe which is less

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bureaucratic and a Europe that protects. It is with that in mind

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but we have had our exchanges. We have talked about several projects

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in the short-term, over which can discuss closely. The rights of

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asylum, outsourcing of jobs within the EU, these are all subjects which

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will have an impact on the daily lives of our citizens and companies,

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and over which we need more pragmatism and more European

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realism. Less bureaucracy and a Europe that protects more our

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citizens. Other projects, other plans, we will continue to talk

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about them. These are our bilateral relationships with regards to tax,

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metrics of convergence and on the educational level, and also with

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regard to external defence and security, and international

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policies. These are subjects we will continue to talk about over the

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coming weeks. I am happy that we shall have a limited committee, and

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we will talk about it between our respective governments. Finally, I

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am also happy that, together, with our respective teams, we will be

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able to work for projects over the medium term and have a common road

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map for the European Union and the eurozone. These are very, very

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important subjects, as we have seen over the last few years. You

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yourself, as Chancellor, has managed to these projects. They also have an

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impact on all citizens. In depth reforms are required and require

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joint action. My desire is, over the coming weeks, that we can contribute

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and have a Franco German road map that will allow us to progress over

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the next few years on these subjects. Our relationship needs

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more trust and to have practical results. The Franco German couple, I

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believe, needs to restate more pragmatism and voluntarism, short

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and medium-term, for all of the European Union and the eurozone. It

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is with this in mind that we will work together. On my side, I will

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always be honest, direct and constructive as a partner, because I

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believe that the success of our two countries is very closely related.

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And on that depends the whole success of Europe. And I am very

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attached to it. I thank you, Madam Chancellor, once again, for your

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welcome. I would like to say, for the spirit of responsibility and

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commitment, whilst respecting the Republican rules, and the

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geographical distinction that you have shown during the presidential

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campaign. TRANSLATION: Madam Chancellor, Mr

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President, you have just talked about it. Certain facts of Franco

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German history, we think of DeGaulle, Helmut Kohl and Francois

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Mitterrand, amongst others. We had the feeling that the Franco German

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relationship had lost in density. Will this density remain? Do you

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wish to once again have an historical relationship between

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France and Germany? TRANSLATION: Yes. I will perhaps develop a little

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better. Yes, because I believe that we are at a time, an historical

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turning point of Europe. The very conditions that the French

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presidential elections have shown, and what we see in many countries of

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the European Union, shows as everyday that there is a rise in

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populism, a direct consequence of populations that doubt, that think

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progresses mismanaged and there is not enough balance. We need a moment

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of relaunch, of recreation. Of course, there are difficulties and

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public opinions do not have the same sensitivity. There is balance that

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is required. We can only do it with a close working relationship. As I

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believe in historical recreation, I believe in mutual trust. In order to

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reach that, I think that everyone needs to do what he needs to do. In

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France, I need to apply in depth reforms, which are necessary for our

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country, but also for the full restoration, the return of Franco

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German trust. Madam Chancellor, in her political life, needs to do so.

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But both of us are convinced that we need short-term results, but also

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real transformation, a recreation, a re-founding of Europe. In any case,

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I am fully in this, and with my presidential mandate, a policy which

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is strong, intense and a responsible one between France and Germany, on

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multiple subjects. A return to full confidence, trust and to have an

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historical relationship, where our duty in the coming years is to

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organise a relaunch of the eurozone and the European Union. TRANSLATION:

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It is interesting that in Germany there is, at the moment, a very

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receptive audience. We have reached a point in time where many people

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say, what do we have in Europe, what do we have with Europe? A lot of

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people say Europe is rather important, very important. Over the

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last few years, we have somewhat lost sight of these questions and

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answers. The French elections, the Dutch elections, have really shown

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to us Germans what a treasure Europe and the European Union are. And how

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important the Franco German friendship is for this treasure. I

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think we have reached a moment in history, and I think we should

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really use this moment to show to people that Europe can really be

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strengthened. TRANSLATION: Mr President, you have certainly

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noticed earlier this small crowd that gathered in front of the

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chancellery. In the history of this building, I have never seen such a

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scene, such a crowd to greet a foreign leader. Perhaps it was true

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for Barack Obama. What is your feeling with this crowd, people that

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are dancing, singing in your honour? Is it pressure? Do you feel

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pressure, or do you feel strengthened? And Madam Chancellor,

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I would like to ask you, what does it mean to you to see these scenes,

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people literally in front of your office windows, where a few months

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ago people who are enemies of the state, if you like, they have held

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marches and all of a sudden we have this new atmosphere? TRANSLATION:

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First of all, for me it is very moving. This joy that accompanies

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the victory here in Berlin moves me a lot. It shows there has been a

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European commitment and that Europe, contrary to what many people say, it

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is not about doubt, Brexit, or Frexit for some, it is the feeling

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of attachment men and women feel. It is very difficult, it is also our

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responsibility to give credence to Europe, this enthusiasm. I am very

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attached to it. That is how it lives. That is the reason why I take

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this opportunity, as I said earlier, that during this campaign I have

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committed myself so that we share better our linguistic world. I have

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decided to have bilingual classes. During the ministerial meeting that

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we shall have in July, our ministers of national education will work on

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more collaboration. From next September, there will be bilingual

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classes in France. More widely, the enthusiasm beyond this time, it

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forces us. I don't think it gives us strength in relation to Madam

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Chancellor, because she has the same obligations as myself and she,

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herself, has taken the initiative. When we went to her office to go to

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the balcony and greet everyone with much enthusiasm. But it forces us,

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because those that believe in Europe need to be able to give to other

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people the proof, evidence, that this Europe works. We must have a

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plan, every day, that without Europe we would neither have peace nor

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prosperity, no freedom. That our continent, and I would say in fact

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our two countries, have never known, over so many decades, so much

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prosperity. It forgets, there is a danger. Beyond that, it forces us to

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have results. It forces us to have a sense of perspective. What I wish is

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that, in five years' time, when I shall return to visit Madam

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Chancellor, that there could be the same crowd, an even bigger one,

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because we will have obtained results.

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We have the sentence stemming saying that each and every departure has a

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new beginning in it. And that is the beauty of it. Now we have the

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opportunity to start working together, but of course, this in the

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knowledge that we can only come accomplish something if we can also

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deliver result, we know about that and that is going to be our guiding

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prince Prime Minister. It is encouraging when people turn up here

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and they support, and they support us and they are also cheerful. I

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think the French President said something which moved me very much,

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namely that he wants for the French people to be optimistic and to look

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opt tickically into the future. I believe this is a wish I would like

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to support wholeheartedly. -- optimistically.

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Madame Chancellor, to relaunch Europe as President Macron said, can

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we envisage a change of treaties in the short-term, as Mr Macron's

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suggested. Mr President, your Prime Minister said he is of the right

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does that mean your politics will be the politics of the right?

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TRANSLATION: We talked about it briefly from the German perspective.

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It is possible to change the treaties if it makes sense, and if

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it is necessary, in order to change the EU row zone, and you can perhaps

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legitimise and you, sometimes use it as a European component but of

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course we first need to establish what we want to do, and if a change

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to the treaty is necessary, then I will be prepared to do just that.

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You cannot say, and I have always taken offence since we had the

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Lisbon Treaty, we hear people saying they made such a hard effort and

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this treaty will never be changed in the entire lifetime of people. But

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of course, the European Union, is under attack from all corners and

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the world changes, and we shouldn't say that we should never change the

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treaty, we should always ask ourselves what is the sense and if

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and when it makes sense Germany will be prepared.

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I must say to be completely honest, to Madame Chancellor, the subject of

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change of treaties used to be a French taboo subject. In my case

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that won't apply, and so I hope I expect that the joint road map will

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be one that will give once again perspective and for the EU row zone,

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and in this process there must be institutional changes, and new

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treaties, we are ready for it. What counts is the political concept, the

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future, terms and conditions, and our citizens can be convinced if the

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concept is clear, and if it requires institutional changes and it is

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determined, I hope it will be the case, there will be no taboo. As for

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your second question from now, we shall apply the discipline of not

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talking of foreign politics outside France, the political recome

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situation which I initiated a few months ago which led to my election

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will continue. Within the framework of my Presidential election, and

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what the French people wanted. Not more, not less.

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Mr President, and Madame Chancellor, I would like to know if the desire

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for cooperation that you have expressed, that it may not be hiding

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a major differences, a major European act has been announced

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during the electoral campaign, that sounds a little bit like a free

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trade agreement, do you, are you not afraid Madame Chancellor, that

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perhaps the existing trade arrangements are going to be

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eliminated, and the treaty that has been suggested, or the cooperation

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that has been suggested is it not really what we already have, would

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it not be better to link up with the Juncker plan and to invest more

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money, and perhaps you can also eliminate one rumour here in

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Germany, there is rumour that euro bonds are to be introduced, this is

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that myth or just a rumour or what is it? As regards the first

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question, I wish, I hope we have a Europe that protects better. And

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that from time to time, there is less naivety, when I was minister

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for economics and industry for several Mondays I pushed forward the

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idea that the Commission shortens the delays, and shortens the rates

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for anti-dumping. It is not unfair, but today Europe defends less well

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it workers and company, than the United States, and so, I wish us to

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improve our anti-dumping policy and I believe in free trade, and

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international trade, and fair competition, but we can believe in

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it without being naive. Otherwise you cannot expend it to your worker,

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when your workers lose their job, not because they are not

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competitive, but because they are attacked unFirst World Warily by

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foreign companies that apply dumping. If you tell them Europe

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doesn't react you kill the European idea. With regards to a public

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conracket, the first stage is one which we can worker effectively

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together, which is totally compatible with our philosophy, our

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joint philosophy with regards to trade, and it is to apply

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reciprocity, and when we trade with a country that doesn't respect

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certain rule, then we can have reciprocity on the subject. I think

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it is pragmatism and totally in compliance with what we can defend

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with regards to an opening of trade. Secondly, with regards to the

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European fund or a budgetary capacity, in no way is the question

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of duplicating the Juncker plan but we shall state the reality. It is

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just an instrument of a long-term financing, of debt. The Juncker plan

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enabled to recover the existing money, from the, by using the funds

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of European investment bank and markets, to give financing for big

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projects to companies. It is useful but in no way is it a budgetary

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capacity, it is not new money. What the EU row done needs in particular,

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is to have a volleyball tourist policy with regards to public and

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private investment, and to be able to inject fresh money and to have a

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true budgetary capacity, a means that to apply this through rules of

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convergence, structural rules because one doesn't go with the

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other. The net objective of a road map over which we need to work. That

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is the reason I have never defended what we call the EU row bonds, and

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what it covers innier man debate. I am not promoter of the mutualisation

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of past debts. Why? Because it leads to a policy of deresponsiblising.

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What I believe is that we have new investments to made, and to think

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about investment mechanisms for the future, and to work with more

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integration for the future, but in no way, not mutualising, pooling of

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the past, and I want to be clear, so we can progress effectively. I

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believe there are communalties, there may be differences of course,

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but the exciting thing about Franco-German cooperation is that we

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are not by default of one view, but we come to a symbiosis and that is

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to the benefit of the two countries but also for the larger Europe, so

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we will talk about it. But as regards the trade relations, the

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element of reciprocity I can well imagine that in the European Union,

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for example we asked the Commission to consider as to whether there

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might also be investment for strategic decisions, not only on a

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national basis and regards the worker directive we will work

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closely together. For me it is very important that the President was

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just saying. Namely, that you need coherence in terms of the legal

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framework, for exam. You could talk about the cooperation -- corporation

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tax, to be harmonised, to be closer to each other, from country to

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country, to exchange best practises in, recruitment in the recruitment

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process, every country would have their own experience, and also about

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integration. So I believe we have a lot of

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communalties and a lot of work to do, that is a matter-of-fact, of

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course that work is not accomplished with today, but I think we have

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already made a good start, and the good start is going to give us a

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good momentum to continue working. Working. Thank you very much.

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