Saturday, May 3, 2008

Angela Merkel -- Charlemagne Award for European Achievements

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France said on May 1 that he had a lot more affection for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany than the media say, brushing aside suggestions that relations between the two leaders had worsened in recent months.

Paying tribute to Merkel at a prize-giving ceremony in the German city of Aachen, Sarkozy said France and Germany had faced conflicts like many other countries, but the two neighbors had always worked on finding a common solution...

Sarkozy praised Merkel's successful efforts to broker a deal on the European Union's Lisbon treaty, which was designed to ease decision-making and overhaul the bloc's institutions...

"France supported Germany in its presidency (in 2007) and I want to tell you that when France takes over the presidency, Germany will support France's work for the well-being of Europe," Merkel said in her speech. International Herald Tribune

Sarkozy’s EU presidency starts in July for the second half of this year.

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