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Berlin and Paris plan to strengthen European defense capabilities

Following changes in the European security environment, France and Germany plan to strengthen European defense capabilities, a joint council said after a meeting near Berlin.

“The European Union must become a real geopolitical actor and guarantor of security, capable of responding to current security challenges and strengthening the international order,” the Franco-German Defense and Security Council said on Tuesday after its meeting in Meseberg Palace, north of Berlin. .

They released a document calling for better and faster defense production in Europe. “By strengthening the technological and industrial base of European defense, we will enhance our overall defense preparedness and deliver capabilities that meet our needs and requirements in the face of increasing threats and security challenges,” the Council said.

A stronger and more capable European defense will make a positive contribution to global and transatlantic security, the two states said.

They also noted “the central importance of nuclear deterrence for the security of Europe and NATO, as well as the deterrent role of the independent French strategic nuclear weapons and their essential contribution to the security of the Alliance as a whole.”

They argue for a mix of nuclear, conventional and missile defense capabilities, supplemented with space and cyber capabilities.

They also reaffirmed their intention to “establish comprehensive and inclusive long-term cooperation with long-range weapons partners.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (C), sits next to Boris Pistorius (2nd from left), the German Defense Minister, and Annalena Baerbock (R), the German Foreign Minister, opposite Emmanuel Macron, the French President, during the working session in the French-German Council of Ministers for Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government.  Michael Kappeler/dpa-Pool/dpa

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, shows an image of the attack on Ukraine during the press conference at the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government.  Michael Kappeler/dpaEmmanuel Macron, the French president, shows an image of the attack on Ukraine during the press conference at the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government.  Michael Kappeler/dpa

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, shows an image of the attack on Ukraine during the press conference at the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government. Michael Kappeler/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron sit at a table in the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the Germab government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) stands next to French President Emmanuel Macron during the press conference of the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the German government's guest house.  Michael Kappeler/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) stands next to French President Emmanuel Macron during the press conference of the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the German government's guest house.  Michael Kappeler/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) stands next to French President Emmanuel Macron during the press conference of the French-German Council of Ministers in front of Schloss Meseberg, the German government’s guest house. Michael Kappeler/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk through the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpaGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk through the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers.  Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron walk through the garden of Schloss Meseberg, the guesthouse of the German government, ahead of the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Ebrahim Noroozi/Pool AP/dpa

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