EBD Exclusive | A Strong German-Franco Engine for Europe’s Breeze
In order to assess these questions, the European Movement Germany and the European Movement France invited participants to join an EBD Exclusive that was titled: The two speakers of the event were Yves Bertoncini, President of the European Movement France since 2016 and Vice President of the European Movement International since November 2017, and Bernd Hüttemann, Secretary General of the European Movement Germany and Vice President of the European Movement International. They presented the positions and expectations the biggest networks for European politics in France and Germany have for German, French and European policy.
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Considering the responsibilities that Germany and France have as driving forces behind reforming the European Union, Yves Bertoncini stressed the importance of a stable German government. Only a strong German-Franco engine is able to tackle issues like climate, migration and a strong labour market.
There was consensus that the EU will be composed of 27 member states and a restrictive view on a „core Europe“ should be rejected.
Talking about our both French (@MouvEuropeen_Fr) and German views on #Europe, including representatives from organised civil society and companioned embassies in Berlin #ebdexkl pic.twitter.com/kXLO9DVUWz
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The debate turned into a vivid exchange during its final stages. Especially the elections for the European Parliament in 2019, everyone agreed, will be essential in creating a unified and more democratic Europe. Macron’s planned reforms to achieve that are ambitious, however, considering phenomena like Brexit, populism and nationalism, they are more necessary than ever. What they require, however, is a vigorous Franco-German commitment.
#EBDExkl conclusion: We are sailing together all 27 🇪🇺 on a not quiet sea🌊 but were are not Titanic – together we will handle it💪🏼!!
— Praktisch-EBD (@PraktischEBD) December 12, 2017
Together with 20 representatives from the EM Germany’s network, the European Movement Germany and the European Movement France exchanged thoughts and ideas on the German-Franco relationship and a common European future.