Germany does not like France’s claims to leadership in Europe

GERMANY (OBSERVATORY) – The British Financial Times writes: “The honeymoon of France and Germany has come to an end.” And if we continue in the same style – Merkel is no longer fascinated by the idea of ​​Macron on the reform of the eurozone. According to the journalists of the same newspaper, the German Chancellor has his reasons for this. Macron himself, on the sidelines, shows confidence, the extent of which illustrates the phrase he told the wife of one of the journalists – that he, Makron – “equal to Putin.”


The failure of the euro zone reform, which Berlin and Paris at one time started, could lead to the collapse of the Franco-German core of the European Union, and, as a consequence, unpredictable consequences for European politics. At stake is the creation of a centralized financial management system, mechanisms for monitoring budget discipline and stabilizing in the event of global crises, which could become the European Monetary Fund. All this, for the most part, is the fruit of the tumultuous activity of French President Macron, which he developed in the absence of Germany, who for many months was overcoming the internal powerless uncertainty.

“We need to define a” road map “that allows us to make progress in the banking sector and strive to create a budgetary potential that contributes to stability in the euro area,” said Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

Germany did not object to discussing these plans, but when the situation with the new government of Merkel cleared, it turned out that, in fact, the chancellor was not ready to seriously consider most of Makron’s proposals. In addition, perhaps, the mechanisms of anti-crisis sanation of banks, believing that everything else leads Germany to the honorary role of the eternal donor of the European budget.

“The CDU / CSU insists that the Bundestag have the right to vote in the European Monetary Fund, while Germany retained its veto, and the proposal of French President Emmanuel Macron on the creation of a special aid instrument for the weak countries of the eurozone was not supported,” Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel .

Germany needs a decisive vote in European finance. To this or to the full emasculate reform Merkel pushes the top of her party. The younger partners in the coalition, the Social Democrats, are rather for the Macron plan.

In general, in the emerging conflict, the sympathies of Europeans are likely to remain on the side of the French president: who in the end does not want to pinch rich Germany. Only she herself does not want it, selfish.

“It seems that we are witnessing a European civil war in which our differences and sometimes our national egoism are more important than our unification with the rest of the world.The fascination with non-liberal values ​​is growing.There are geopolitical threats that every day strengthen the responsibility of Europe, “Said Macron.

And meanwhile, he has already invested heavily in reform. Germany promised to think over it substantively in the event that the share of capitalism will be added to French socialism. France respects restrictions on the budget deficit, attempts to change labor laws and cut the rights of all-powerful trade unions periodically lead to riots, and most importantly – to the loss of the presidential rating. The macro has something to offend.

But Angela Merkel also reveals a secret cause: in terms of European leadership in foreign policy, the ambitious president of France is too much pulling the blanket over herself, taking advantage of the weakening of the chancellor’s positions both within Germany and her apparent cooling with Britain and the United States. He invades the territory where Merkel always felt first-relations with Russia.

“After our long interview on Sunday with President Macron, he missed us a glass, and then he comes to my wife and starts talking about Russia, and then declares:” I’m equal to Putin. In addition, Putin understands me. ”

That’s so – neither much nor little. The Financial Times comes here to the curious conclusion.

“In fact, Germany rejects the proposal of Macron on the reform of the eurozone, and to pour salt on the wound, Merkel refused to participate in the attack on Syria. France is now in a situation predicted by Marin Le Pen: in the currency union, her voice means little, but in geopolitics the most reliable partner was the United Kingdom. ”

The end of the “Franco-German honeymoon” – ascertains the author. But what if, after the passion, love ends? So business can reach and to division of property.

Franco-German contradictions are great. How much they are insurmountable will become clear already on April 19, when Macron will come to Merkel in Berlin. Over the past decade, since the time of the famous Merkezi (as Merkel was nicknamed in the press by French President Nicolas Sarkozy), the world managed to get used to the fact that France and Germany always speak in one voice. Perhaps it’s time to slowly get out of this.