Merkel to meet newly elected Hollande

2012-05-11 15:32

kalahari.com

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a first round of talks on the eurozone crisis with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday after his inauguration, her spokesperson said.

"It sends a very strong message that the new French president is making his first trip abroad to Germany," Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference on Friday.

"The chancellor is looking forward to close and friendly co-operation with the new French president.

"She is sure that the traditionally close co-ordination with France will continue to be the foundation of their work together in Europe - to ensure prosperity, peace and democracy in the long run," he added.

Seibert stressed that the meeting between the conservative German leader and the Socialist president was not intended to forge new policies but rather as preliminary talks to get acquainted.

"It's, of course, not a decision-making meeting but a getting-to-know-you meeting, a first get-together," Seibert said.

Military honours

He said Merkel wanted to sound Hollande out on "his ideas about fiscal discipline and the promotion of economic growth and jobs and to present Germany's convictions and what in our view Europe has already accomplished since the issue of growth started playing a key role on the European level at the end of last year".

Merkel had said on Monday that she thought her phone call to Hollande on Sunday night to congratulate him on his election victory had been their first-ever conversation.

The chancellor will welcome Hollande with military honours at her chancellery and hold a joint press conference with him, Seibert said.

Aides to Hollande had said on Thursday that Hollande would fly to Berlin within hours of his swearing-in ceremony.

Hollande is to formally become president of France on Tuesday morning replacing Merkel's defeated ally Nicolas Sarkozy, and will name his prime minister before flying to Berlin, aides said.

The French Socialist had previously promised that his first visit would be to the German capital, where Merkel has said he would be welcomed with "open arms".

Conciliatory noises


France and Germany - Europe's biggest economies - have traditionally been seen as the twin engines of European integration.

But ties have come under strain during the debt crisis, with Sarkozy at first pushing for Germany to allow greater burden-sharing within the eurozone, before backing down and tacitly accepting Merkel's leadership.

Hollande campaigned on a pledge to renegotiate the eurozone's fiscal pact, which binds member states to austerity measures, and which Merkel argues is essential to underpin the continent's eventual recovery.

Both the German and French leaders have made conciliatory noises since Hollande's election on Sunday, but the meeting is expected to be tense, with Berlin already insisting the pact cannot be re-opened.

Observers expect that some kind of compromise can be found, perhaps through a parallel treaty or annex to the pact that would include measures to favour growth alongside the previous deficit-cutting.

Even here, however, divisions would remain, with Hollande favouring joint EU investment in major projects, and Merkel calling for structural adjustments to - in particular - labour markets and pensions.

- SAPA
Read more on:    francois hollande  |  angela merkel  |  nicolas sarkozy  |  france  |  germany
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch

For the first time ever, a rock climber conquered the biggest stone arch in the world.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.