German troops to be stationed in France for first time since WW II

Sarkozy and Merkel said they hoped a NATO summit in April would bring closer "cooperation with the U.S. and progress on strategic and arms-control issues".

German troops to be stationed in France for first time since WW II

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have confirmed that a German battalion will shortly be stationed on French soil for the first time since World War II.

The hundreds of German troops will be serving in the Franco-German brigade set up in 1989 and which currently has 2,300 French soldiers and 2,800 German troops stationed side-by-side in southwest Germany.

"After the tragedies of our common history, everyone will understand the historic significance of this new step in Franco-German friendship," they wrote.

Sarkozy and Merkel also said they hoped a NATO summit in April would bring closer "cooperation with the U.S. and progress on strategic and arms-control issues".

"Unilateral decision-making would contradict the new spirit of our relations," Merkel and Sarkozy, making a thinly veiled reference to the policies of former U.S. President George W. Bush, wrote in a joint column published on the website of French newspaper Le Monde.

They urged the new president, Barack Obama, to alter that.

Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2009, 01:37
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