Merkel presenting Macron to China as successor says German MEP
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This will be their final meeting as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, is not seeking re-election at Germany’s general election on October 26.There has been speculation that the French President will ask Mrs Merekl for a final favour as her 16-year reign as Chancellor comes to an end. Mr Macron’s EU army plans were dwarfeed on Wednesday evening by the announcement of a defence alliance between the UK, US and Australia. The French President could ask Merkel to condemn the UK over the alliance as his final request.
The pair will give statements to the media before sitting down for discussions and a meal. Other topics they will discuss will range from the upcoming French presidency of the European Union to the situation in Sahel.
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Macron and Merkel vow to keep working closely together until new German government is formed
Addressing the media, ahead of their working dinner Macron said: “Until the formation of the government, Mrs Chancellor – dear Angela Merkel – and myself will continue to work hand in hand on major issues, on which we seek to bring Franco-German solutions, as we have done from day one.”
SPD ahead of Merkel’s conservatives in polls
Germany’s Social Democrats are four points ahead of the Christian Democrats, formerly led by Angela Merkel.
Germans will head to the polls on September 26 to decide who will become Germany’s next chancellor.
Poll suggests Merkel’s exit will be end of ‘golden age’ for Germany
A recent poll by the European Council on Foreign Relations found that 52% of Germans beleive that their country is now past it’s ‘golden age’.
This highlights the uncertainty felt by many Germans over the future of the country after Merkel’s departure.
3,000 French health workers suspended without pay for refusing vaccine
France has suspended 3,000 unvaccinated health workers after Macron warned earlier this year that they would have until September 15 to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Macron says ISIS leader killed by French troops
The French military have killed the leader of a West African affiliate of Islamic State by drone strike, Macron has confirmed.
Last year, the group’s leader was responsible for the deaths of 6 French aid workers.
Tweeting earlier today Macron said: “Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was neutralized by French forces. This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.”
Merkel to stay on as ‘active caretaker’ after election
Although Merkel is not seeking re-election, the likelihood of lengthy coalition talks means she will remain in office for a while longer.
Government officials say she plans to use this time to press on with foreign policy initiatives.
Poll suggests Merkel could become EU president
A survey by The European Council of Foreign Relations asked residents of 12 EU countries whether they would support Merkel or Macron if they were to go head to head for EU president.
Merkel won a plurality of the votes in every country, including France.
France calls new Indo-Pacific security alliance between UK, US and Aus ‘stab in the back’
The new Indo-Pacific security alliance has sparked anger with the French government since part of the deal involves the Australians ripping up plans for a 50 billion euro submarine deal with France.
In an interview earlier today French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “It’s a stab in the back. We had established a trusting relationship with Australia, and this trust was betrayed.”
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