German economy minister to visit France over crisis: Berlin

4th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany's economy minister will visit France on Wednesday for talks on the eurozone debt crisis, Berlin said, ahead of a meeting this weekend between the leaders of the zone's top two economies.

Philipp Roesler, who is also deputy to Chancellor Angela Merkel, will meet French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Finance Minister Francois Baroin and Transport Minister Thierry Mariani, the economy ministry in Berlin said.

"Germany and France are aware of their joint responsibility for the unity and stability of Europe," said Roesler in a statement.

Paris and Berlin would push for a "Europe of stability, based not on centralisation but on common values such as entrepreneurship and economic reason.

"Our goal is a competitive Europe with a solid budgetary and fiscal policy," the minister added.

Merkel is due to host President Nicolas Sarkozy in Berlin on Sunday to "discuss ways and means to accelerate the economic integration of the eurozone economy," the French leader said last week.

After meeting Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday in Paris, Sarkozy promised to push Germany over his plan to more closely integrate eurozone economies.

© 2011 AFP

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