Treaty of Aachen

Cooperation for a strong Europe

The Treaty of Aachen, signed on 22 January 2019, underpins Franco-German friendship and is a common commitment to a strong, viable, sovereign Europe. The Cabinet has now ratified the Treaty of Aachen.


Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the signing ceremony

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the Treaty of Aachen on 22 January 2019

Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

The Treaty of Aachen, signed on 22 January 2019 by Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in the Coronation Hall of Aachen’s Town Hall, elevates Franco-German friendship to a new level. The two countries are linked by a friendship for the wellbeing of Europe. 

France and Germany aim to consult and coordinate their European policy even more closely in future, to achieve strong common foreign and security policy, and to ensure an economic area with common rules and regulations.

Extending bilateral cooperation

The Treaty of Aachen stipulates that regular consultations are to be held at all levels, in particular in the run-up to major European meetings, in order to forge common positions and foster bilateral cooperation at government level.

Military cooperation is also strengthened by the Treaty. The two countries are to develop joint strategic approaches, covering the form to be taken, for instance.

In addition, there is to be even closer consultation and coordination at global level, especially within the United Nations and other multilateral organisations.

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