Whereas a “Black Thursday” is introduced in France on January 19, with many strikes protesting the federal government’s pension reform, Emmanuel Macron shall be in Spain, in Barcelona, with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. After a tete-a-tete on the Nationwide Artwork Museum of Catalonia, the 2 leaders, accompanied by quite a few ministers, will signal with nice fanfare a “Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation”. A textual content which gives, intimately, for a strengthening of the bilateral relationship on migration, protection, power and youth points.
The French head of state, though discreet in latest days on the most important reform of his second time period, might however must touch upon this social mobilization from Barcelona throughout his joint press convention with the pinnacle of the Spanish authorities, or throughout a deliberate speech to the French neighborhood.
Mark the strengthening of ties with different neighbors than Germany
This treaty is just the third of its type signed in Europe by France. It succeeds that of the Élysée, initialed in 1963 with Germany and since supplemented by that of Aix-la-Chapelle in 2019, and that of the Quirinal, signed with Italy in 2021.
With this textual content, Paris needs to set in stone the strengthening of its relations with neighbors aside from Germany, significantly in southern Europe, at a time when the Franco-German engine of the EU has typically appeared out of breath.
“Extremely symbolic” for the French presidency, “this treaty solely comes to border or construction a relationship which is already dense in all areas”, we underline on the Élysée the place “we observe a sure variety of convergences on elementary topics for the European agenda for the approaching months”.
For its half, Spain sees it because the elevation to the very best stage of already wonderful relations between two nations whose leaders have already displayed frequent positions on many topics lately.
Obtain a “frequent line” towards the US subsidy plan
Emmanuel Macron has above all in thoughts to concretize in Barcelona a “frequent line with Madrid” on the European response to the Inflation Discount Act, US President Joe Biden’s huge funding plan within the power transition. The French president, who had denounced these American subsidies on the finish of November “tremendous aggressive” needs equally huge motion from the EU and speedy selections to stop the flight of European firms attracted by American help.
A agency tone in the direction of the USA, which the Spanish Prime Minister didn’t undertake. Pedro Sanchez contented himself, Monday from the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, with noting that the EU ought to ” to do one’s homework “ and reform its personal state help coverage to ship firms “the message that Europe, and naturally Spain, is an efficient place” to take a position.
Emmanuel Macron additionally cherishes the hope of rallying, to a sure extent, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to his place. The latter shall be obtained this Sunday in Paris to, exactly, rejoice the sixtieth anniversary of the Élysée Treaty and take part in a Franco-German council of ministers speculated to settle the variations between the primary two European powers.
The settlement of Paris and Madrid in fine condition
The signing of the Franco-Spanish treaty comes three months after the lifting of one of many essential disagreements between the 2 nations which determined, with Portugal, to bury the “Midcat” gasoline pipeline venture, which Paris opposed, for the changed by a “inexperienced” hydrogen pipeline linking Barcelona to Marseille and referred to as “H2Med”. Barcelona was exactly chosen because the host metropolis of the summit to underline the significance of this strategic venture.
The selection of the Mediterranean metropolis additionally aimed to point out that the state of affairs has calmed down in Catalonia, the scene of an try at secession in 2017. However the Catalan separatists don’t see it that manner, and can display to protest towards the holding of this summit. .
There stays a uncommon sticking level between the 2 nations: Madrid will insist this Thursday on the significance of reopening as quickly as attainable eight small border posts nonetheless closed within the identify of the combat of the French authorities towards terrorism and unlawful immigration.