Germany urges French to do more in EU reform debate

14th September 2012, Comments 0 comments

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has appealed to France to get more involved in the debate about reforming the European Union, in an interview to be published Saturday.

"I would like France, in a committed way, to play a part in shaping our European future," Westerwelle told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

He added that it was clear there were "some philosophical differences" between a Socialist government in Paris and the centre-right coalition in Berlin.

"One need only think of tax policy," he said.

"But that was also the case formerly -- (ex-German chancellor) Helmut Kohl and (ex-French president) Francois Mitterrand achieved great things for Europe, in the same (political) combination," he added.

© 2012 AFP

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