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22 Jan 2013

The Franco-German Alliance: Can it continue to serve as a motor for Europe?

Daniel Gros

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty between Germany and France, CEPS Director Daniel Gros acknowledges the fundamental contribution made by the Franco-German motor but also takes the two countries to task for their refusal abandon the pretence that they still perform individually an independent role at the global level.  France and Germany should allow European institutions to formulate and implement common external policies.