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Support for Ukraine, strengthening of the EU… Macron and Scholz will address vexed issues

On the third and last day of his state visit to Germany, the French president will meet with the German chancellor, with whom he has numerous disagreements.

After the Europeans and the extreme right, the issues that irritate: Emmanuel Macron will meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz this Tuesday, May 28, on the last day of his state visit to Germany, to discuss support for Ukraine and strengthening of Europe, beyond the disagreements.

“An evil wind is blowing in Europe”, “wake up!”, the French president launched on Monday afternoon before several thousand young people in Dresden (east), less than two weeks before the European elections, signaling the rise of the right and the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

On Tuesday morning in Münster (west), he will receive the Westphalian International Peace Prize for the first time for his European commitment. This award was due to be awarded in July 2023, but the state visit planned then was postponed until May 2024 due to urban unrest in France.

On this occasion, the Head of State will deliver a speech in the presence of his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“Peace is not the capitulation of Ukraine”

The award was initially awarded to him for his dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to prevent and then stop the Russian offensive in Ukraine in 2022. But Emmanuel Macron has since broken all contact with the Kremlin master as the operation continues. military. and Russian forces are advancing on the ground.

“Peace is not the capitulation of Ukraine. Peace is the peace that Ukrainians have chosen,” he insisted in Germany, particularly in the direction of Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, visiting Madrid, for his part, asked the West to “use all means” to force Russia to enter into peace.

The state visit, dotted with tributes and displays of unity and friendship, ends in Münster. Late in the afternoon a Franco-German council of ministers will be held in Meseberg, near Berlin, this time together with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

kyiv once again requested air defense systems on Monday to be able to intercept the thousands of guided bombs that Russia drops on its country every month.

Fear of escalation

Germany, which announced in April the shipment of an additional Patriot system, is urging its European allies to follow its example. Ukraine, which is in difficulties on the eastern and northeastern fronts, has been demanding for months to be able to attack Russian positions and rear bases in Russian territory with Western weapons.

But so far the Americans and Europeans have refused out of fear of escalation, giving some advantage to Kremlin forces. Unlike Washington, Paris and London, Olaf Scholz even refuses to deliver long-range Taurus missiles (up to 500 kilometers) to kyiv.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, however, considered that it was “time to reconsider” these restrictions on Ukraine that tie its “hands behind its back.”

In kyiv, after initially announcing the imminent arrival of French military instructors in Ukraine, military authorities clarified on Monday that the issue was being studied, but not yet decided.

Major disagreements between Scholz and Macron

Emmanuel Macron has sparked disagreement among some European partners, including Germany, by not excluding the sending of French soldiers to Ukrainian soil.

Although he declares himself willing to study the relevance of the “anti-missile shield” defended by the chancellor in Europe, he also doubts that it “completely protects” against Russia and advocates strategic thinking that also includes “nuclear deterrence.”

Regarding the future of the EU, the Chancellor even before the meeting endorsed the diagnosis of the French president, who considers that “Europe is mortal.”

As a sign of their willingness to move forward, both signed an article in the Financial Times newspaper calling for a rethinking of the continent’s economic strategy to guarantee its future.

The tree that hides the forest? Dissension remains great over a common debt of Europeans, defended by Paris, to promote the green and digital transition or over the place of nuclear energy in Europe.

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Source: BFM TV

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