Germany, France divided on the energy crisis and China
PARIS — Geopolitical tensions, from Europe’s energy crisis to relations with China, are driving a wedge between Germany and France, straining ties between the countries that have anchored the European Union’s economy and security for decades. decades.
The rift was apparent in the decision to cut a high on Wednesday between the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders were initially to meet in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, accompanied by members of their cabinet. This usual display of Franco-German unity, however, was abruptly postponed until January, setting the stage for Mr. Scholz to travel to Paris on Wednesday for a more modest working lunch with Mr. Macron inside the palace of the ‘Elysium.