Another Day in Fran?allemagne.

In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Franco-German friendship treaty, on January 22nd the French newspaper Liberation and the German Berliner Zeitung linguistically unified the two countries and created La Fran?allemagne. This Friday, the European Council will witness another day in this beautful country.

Both Chancellor Sch?der and Foriegn Minister Joschka Fischer have to leave the two day Brussels meeting late on Thursday because the German Bundestag is voting on a crucial reform bill this Friday. Their presence in Berlin is indeed important, and most likely not only symbolic: Someone from the SPD’s loony left might need some hand holding in order to avoid a last minute hold up of the coalition’s slim majority, and, of course, the two men need to vote themselves.

As civil servants aren’t allowed to represent their countries in the European Council, Chancellor Schr?der, according to Spiegel Online (in German) and various other news sources, asked French President Jaques Chirac last Sunday to help him out and also take care of German interests in this Friday’s (supposedly not too important) Council meeting. Chirac agreed. German civil servants will only be present just in case urgent need for consultation with the Chancellor should arise.

A French President speaking for Germany… talk about powerful Euro-symbolism.

24 thoughts on “Another Day in Fran?allemagne.

  1. Let us find Chirac doeth it well!

    I am no fan of Chirac. However maybe he’ll understand what is at stakes in strengthening the trust between France and Germany.

    Now if they find a way to reduce deficit and increase growth, that would be nice.


  2. Talk about the emergence of a French-German Conspiracy to dominate all of Europe. The question remains whether this axis will benefit Europe as a whole, or will only favor the two behemoths in the middle.

  3. They’d do well to look toward to the U.S., which has allowed a single region with barely 1/3 of its population to take complete control of its political system.

  4. Markku,
    At what point in the last 50 years (almost) have the EU and its progenitor organizations _not_ been dominated by a Franco-German alliance ?

    This is hardly a suddent “emergence of a French-German Conspiracy”.

  5. Markku, you’re wonderful. Next week you’ll tell us that Chirac and Schr?der eat babies for breakfast.

  6. How about Carolingia? France and Germany are the two half, mostly, of Charlemagne empire. I think I read in the Economist, some years ago, that what today are the most developped regions in continetal Europe were once part of this empire. at least it seems true for northern Italy and northern Spain.


  7. From above:

    “Frankenland” would certainly be a more palatable name than “Deutschreich”…

    … though let’s do be careful to give it a short “a” rather than a long “a.” And not to refer to Mrs Shelley at all…

  8. “Markku, you’re wonderful. Next week you’ll tell us that Chirac and Schr?der eat babies for breakfast.”

    No kidding.

  9. i am reminded of a russian proverb: German: “a good fellow maybe, but it is better to hang him” and also of a Buckley observation, France is a relatively small and eternally quarrelsome country, militarily impotent and historically inglorious in the past century. no wonder britain shudders and the US starts looking toward its navel.

  10. I saw this just as it had gone up, and checked back just now, wondering hwo long it would have taken that Markku loon to have thrown in his demented two cent worth…

    Not long at all, clearly.

  11. I suppose I like Aachen-la-Chapelle mainly because it’s relatively small, and clean, and surrounded by pretty countryside — but none of these attributes would long survive if it ever became the capital of anything again.

  12. Btw, I shudder at the thought of Chirac – CHIRAC – wielding the power of both France and Germany for a longer time than 2 hours… disgusting thought.

  13. dear zizka, the winner of wwii was surely not france or germany. perhaps the biggest loser of that war was france, who revealed her true character…fight just after breakfast and surrender just after lunch, in the afternoon a siesta, in the nights to follow…it is no longer my problem. by the way, i am not markku “the loon.”

  14. Some years ago, Schroeder would have thought to ask Tony Blair. But who wants a poodle to talk for him?
    I still think this whole Iraq-drama has done more for french/german relationships than any common done rituals evern will do.

  15. “a good fellow maybe, but it is better to hang him”

    Talking of this, our good citizens of Hartlepool, during WWI, tried to follow this advice, but since they had never seen a live German they got hold of a ship’s monkey which seemed, at least for them, to serve the purpose equally well. Or so the urban legends had it when I was a child.

    Of course in the case of Eugen Levin?, the Germans practised this ignoble art on themselves.

  16. france, the quintessential whore in bed with whomever promises something glorious, a past that never was. germany, that ponderous, vicious place of robots…is that what you are betting on?

  17. Don’t pay any attention to Mike. He’s just trying to impress us with his intelligence and wit. If you encourage him, it will just be bon mots and brilliant, penetrating analyses forever.

    And we’ll all look like dolts. For example, I had forgotten that Germany didn’t win WWII, but Mike explained it to me.

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