… The treaty extension, negotiated over the past year though short on details, stipulates that it will be a priority of German-French diplomacy for Germany to be accepted as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council…
… The treaty further outlines closer cooperation between national intelligence services and police in fighting terrorism and organised crime, and a commitment to moving towards economic convergence.
“Both states will deepen the integration of their economies towards a German-French economic area with common rules,” said the treaty text, referring also to calls for the harmonisation of economic law. In addition, they will set up a panel of experts to give economic recommendations to each government. Other areas of cooperation include culture, health, innovation and transport.
Aachen, the venue of the signing ceremony, was the residence of Charlemagne, often called the “father of Europe”, who managed to unite much of western Europe in the early ninth century.