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  • 7th February 2018 - 18:16 GMT

EM Germany: “Germany is back in Brussels”

In an interview with EUObserver, Bernd Hüttemann, Secretary General of the European Movement Germany, comments on the finalised coalition deal of the CDU/CSU and the SPD, saying that “it’s the most Europeanised approach of a German government for years.”

“It is a big step that the parties gave European affairs a priority in the coalition treaty. This is far more than symbolic,” he told EUobserver. Mr Huetteman said that while the German coalition insists on the community method defended by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, French president Emmanuel Macron will also find encouragement in the agreement. “For sure Macron can use the text for his purpose too. He opened the door and the French public will love it,” he said.

“Germany is back in Brussels again, but it will be an Franco-German commission-backed strategy. Not sure how the rest of Europe will digest it,” he added.

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