Germany’s Merkel resignation threatens Franco-German alliance as tensions on EU future persist
ANGELA Merkel’s upcoming resignation as Chancellor of Germany threatens to split the European Union as Berlin and Paris fall out over the bloc’s future direction.
By TIM MCNULTY | Express.co.uk | PUBLISHED: 09:35, Sat, Jan 16, 2021
The Franco-German alliance at the center of the European Union could become undone after Angela Merkel steps down in September, according to Europe expert Professor Simon Bulmer. Professor Bulmer believes Ms Merkel’s replacement as German Chancellor will have to mend bridges with Emmanuel Macron’s France over the two countries’ competing visions for the union’s future. He noted the French-German relationship has been “tense” in recent times, something that the incoming German leader will have to address.
Professor Bulmer told TRT’s Roundtable: “The real issue is how far [Ms Merkel’s] successor is able to forge a relationship with France because the Franco-German relationship has been a little bit tense at times recently.
“With the exception of the launch of the European reconstruction fund to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19.
“So we shouldn’t forget how these constellations of political leaders in the European Union of 27 plays out.