|Germany's Irritation with the French Presidency |
Germany's Irritation with the French Presidency
Source: Statement by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Mr. François Rivasseau. Paris, November 28, 2000.
Q: Do you have any comments regarding Germany's irritation with the French Presidency of the EU?
A: These are press rumors. You heard what the minister and Mr. Fisher said after their last meeting. There are still bilateral issues between our two countries, as is only normal. These concern nuclear power, waste, the opening of the public utilities to competition, etc. This is normal. We could find dozens of similar issues that each of us has with other countries. We actually have fewer issues with Germany than we do with other countries.
Concerning the European Presidency, I would like to remind you that Mr. Schroeder trusts the French Presidency. He said this again before the Bundestag and I can only refer you to his statements. I think we have an excellent working atmosphere with Germany. In fact, all of these questions that are arising are only natural and normal, as Mr. Védrine said himself, as we approach the Summit in Nice. Every time an important date arrives for the European Union, questions arise and in my opinion this is simply an indicator of the importance of Franco-German relations to the steps we are taking.