Tensions in the Mediterranean, Coronavirus control measures and Mali are expected to be on the agenda today, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with French President Emanuel Macron at the French summer presidential residence in Fort de Breganson………
Despite Merkel's strong ties with several French presidents during her tenure as chancellor, is the first time he has been invited to the traditional summer residence of the presidents of France.
The last visit of the chancellor p’ this seaside fortress had become the 1985 by Helmut Coll.
Merkel and Macron are expected to discuss the coronavirus crisis, especially since they both played an important role in promotion, last month, a Europe agreement, in which member states first approved the issuance of common debt in an effort to provide funds to countries most affected by the pandemic.
The two are also likely to discuss political instability in Lebanon, the ongoing war in Libya, political unrest in Belarus following disputed elections and growing tensions in the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey over hydrocarbon exploration.
Agence France-Presse points out that in the issue of tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, France seems more aggressive than Germany towards Ankara.
In an interview published today by Paris-Match magazine, Emanuel Macron stresses that Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan pursues "an expansionist policy that mixes nationalism and Islamism", incompatible with European interests "and is a" destabilizing factor ".
Germany, for its part, is trying to mediate between Greece and Turkey, which is currently at a standstill.
The French Elysee Palace assures that "there is no substantive contradiction" between Paris and Berlin on this issue..
The Mali issue will probably be a last-minute addition to the agenda, after the coup that took place there and led to the imprisonment of the president and the prime minister. France leads a military mission against terrorism in the region and French troops taking part in the mission are based in Mali..