Since the signing of the new friendship treaty, the Federal Government has been working with great ambition to promote its implementation, for example in cross-border cooperation and with an increased number of contacts among young people.
Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met his counterparts from Poland and France in Lens, France. They reaffirmed their common goals in the area of climate policy, the rule of law, EU enlargement and a social Europe in a joint statement.
Thanks to the NGO « Une Terre Culturelle », large numbers of young people from Germany and France are able to meet and take part in non‑profit projects.
To mark the Human Rights Day, every 10 December since 2016 Germany and France have jointly presented the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to 15 human rights defenders.
In Toulouse, Angela Merkel and a significant proportion of the cabinet are continuing to build on the close cooperation with France. Priority issues are climate protection, innovation and strengthening Europe both internally and externally.