France, Germany must remain EU motor: Merkel

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19 July 2005, PARIS - The woman favoured in polls to become the next German chancellor, Christian Democratic Union head Angela Merkel, said Tuesday in Paris that France and Germany must remain the motor of Europe.

19 July 2005

PARIS - The woman favoured in polls to become the next German chancellor, Christian Democratic Union head Angela Merkel, said Tuesday in Paris that France and Germany must remain the motor of Europe.

"All the initiatives taken should be open to all the countries of Europe, but France and Germany must be the motor of these initiatives," Merkel said after talks with French President Jacques Chirac.

In that process, she added, care should be taken "that no country is left behind".

Merkel also said that if she is elected chancellor of Germany, relations with France would remain "fundamental" under her leadership.

"The relationship between Germany and France will be fundamental regardless of the (parliamentary) election results," Merkel said after meeting French President Jacques Chirac.

"We want a political Europe, but above all one that solves the problems of men and women, unemployment, the economy, growth, innovation, which makes of Europe a winner in globalization," she said.

Merkel described her talks with Chirac, which lasted some 90 minutes, as "long and friendly (and) important for me".

During her one-day visit to Paris, Merkel also met with French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and was scheduled to meet Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy later Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder held a phone conversation about a proposal to reform the U.N. Security Council, the president's spokesman Jerome Bonnafont said.

The discussion concerned "the progress of discussions at the U.N. General Assembly on the proposal of the G4 (countries)", Germany, Japan, Brazil and India, Bonnafont said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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