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(credit: Elysee)
(credit: Elysee)

(BRUSSELS2) François Hollande indicated during his press conference, he wishes to renew initiatives with Germany in 2014 to “ the recovery of Europe particularly when it comes to defence. " It may surprise he states.

A Franco-German couple for defense

« But I hope that there is a Franco-German couple who can act for defense Europe”. And it should be beyond “ of the Franco-German Brigade » that the president mentions, thus wanting to silence the rumors of a suppression of the famous BFA, more symbolic than operational. “ We must be more than a brigade. We must show common responsibility for peace and security in the world. »

The revival of the European idea

And the President commits to better anticipating and coordinating efforts with Berlin. This should notably be made a reality during the next Franco-German Council of Ministers, on February 19. “ We are going to lay down a principle, the Chancellor (Angela Merkel) and myself. That our two governments coordinate upstream on all major projects. This Franco-German dynamic will enable us, if we are capable of it and I believe that we will be, to relaunch the European idea, following the elections to the European Parliament. »

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).