Italy and France signed an agreement on Friday to strengthen relations between the two countries and to strengthen their cooperation in Europe, at a time when EU negotiations are underway over the departure of Angela Merkel from Germany.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron have signed the new agreement at Rome’s Quirinale Palace. Next, two airplane twins followed the smoke in the colors of the two tribes, running through the stormy sky.
“The agreement … marks a historic moment in relations between our two countries. “France and Italy continue to consolidate our political, trade, political and cultural relations,” Draghi told reporters.

The signing ceremony came days after the signing of a new unity agreement in Germany, which ended 16 years of rule by Merkel, a former European rival leader and the closest alliance in the series.

French leaders.
The new Berlin executives are expected to look inward, especially at the beginning of their careers, and both Paris and Rome are determined to deepen relations in the midst of economic turmoil, epidemics, a very strong Russia, a growing China and a very different US.

Macron said the Quirinale Agreement, named after the Italian president’s residence, did not challenge France-Germany relations, but was consistent and aimed at developing the whole of Europe.

Among the objectives set out in this 15-page document was the promise to strengthen military ties, even at the industrial level, and to work together to improve European defense capabilities.

“Our goal … is to have a strong and independent Europe … a Europe that knows how to protect its borders and defend itself,” Macron said.
The agreement was originally thought to be in 2017, but negotiations stalled in 2018 when the national government took power in Rome and repeatedly argued with Macron over the issue of immigration.

There was a renewal this year following Draghi’s appointment to lead the Italian unity government, with the two men meeting several times in recent months, working closely with previously historic sites, in an effort to end years of conflict in Libya.

The Quirinale Treaty, symbolized by the Franco-German treaty of 1963, will lead Paris and Rome to seek the same thing before EU summits, just as France is already linking an important European policy with Germany.

Draghi said the two nations would introduce “new partnerships” in energy, technology, research and innovation. He added that at least once a quarter, the Italian minister would attend a French Cabinet meeting, on the contrary.
France and Italy are also committed to working together in the field of space
, and will facilitate “common investment” and define “common international market strategies.”

French companies have invested heavily in Italy in recent years, but Italian politicians have blamed Paris for slowing down when Italian businesses sought deals across borders. Earlier this year, a request from state shipbuilder Fincantieri to take over his French counterpart Chantiers de l’Allantique was thwarted, hampered by EU competition problems.

Italian officials suspect Paris wanted to undermine the deal after the talks.


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