France and Germany sign Treaty of Aachen covering execution of joint defence projects

23 January 2019

The premiers of France and Germany entered into the new Treaty of Aachen on 22 January, a renewed commitment by both countries to work together on shared interests including defence, security, and industry.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel met in the German city of Aachen to renew the sentiment of the 1963 Elysée Treaty, setting out important areas in which the countries will work together on.

In the defence domain, the two countries committed to strengthening the co-operation between their respective armed forces further, aiming to establish a "common culture" and work together on joint deployments.

Furthermore, the two leaders agreed that the countries would work towards developing a common approach to arms exports with regards to joint projects, and are "intensifying the development of common defence programmes and expanding them to partners".

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