Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hollande Says Goodbye To Merkel At Dinner In Berlin.

On May 15, 2012, when he took office as President of France, Francois Hollande traveled to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This Monday, five years later, Hollande returned to travel to celebrate the farewell dinner.

"The chancellor wanted to celebrate what we did together in the euro crisis, the issues of Greece, Ukraine, and the climate," Hollande told AFP in the jet that took him back to Paris.
A "friendly dinner," according to Hollande, whose only witnesses were the two interpreters, at the Paris-Moskau restaurant, near the chancellery in Berlin.
The two leaders have developed in recent years "a relationship of trust that has kept the affection even in dramatic conditions, as in the attacks of 2015 or the fall of the Germanwings plane."
For posterity, there will also be a photo book that Merkel offered to Hollande.
The German chancellor said that he "enjoyed working with Francois Hollande", with whom he built "a mutual trust" during the five years in which the French leader was in government.
Merkel referred to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron as the hope of "millions of Frenchmen and also many people in Germany and Europe."
"Emmanuel Macron has led a courageous pro-European campaign, stands for openness to the world and is strongly in favor of the social market economy," Merkel told a news conference earlier on Monday.
"We know that Germany and France are linked by a common destiny," continued the chancellor, who called the new French president on Sunday night after his victory against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
"We coordinate our approaches and advance as much as possible, with a common step for the good of our two countries, but also for the good of Europe and is exactly the spirit I expect" in working with Macron.

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