The foreign ministers of France and Germany, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier want to expand the German-French cooperation in numerous fields and break the deadlock of the latest years.
Firstly, the talk is about possible cooperation in Mali and Central Africa, but also in Eastern Europe to support pro-European forces, in the Arab-Muslim world and in transatlantic relations. The underlying intention is to deal with problems at the edges of the European Union jointly as a Franco-German couple, be it in countries like Ukraine or in states like Tunisia.
The second idea is more unusual. The two foreign ministers could campaign together for the European elections, something that never occurred in the past. The joint effort - continues Braun -
... could be meant "to forcefully oppose the nationalist and intolerant campaigns of populists and eurosceptics." [...] It is unclear whether the two foreign ministers will act mainly in France and Germany or can imagine to do the same in other EU countries.Finally, they both agree to meet in advance before meetings of the EU foreign ministers and to pursue initiatives to further develop the EU. Their last clearly defined goal is to revive the so-called Weimar Triangle, made of the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland.