Putin and Merkel agreed to intensify efforts in the Normandy format

  • Putin and Merkel agreed to intensify efforts in the Normandy format

Putin and Merkel agreed to intensify efforts in the Normandy format

The German leader spoke about European unity at an award ceremony in the city of Aachen, where she praised French President Emmanuel Macron for his "contagious enthusiasm" about the continent and said this would inspire young Europeans.

Rouhani said that the European Union states, especially Germany, France and United Kingdom, should announce their stance on guaranteeing Iran's interests in the JCPOA after Trump pulled the US out of the global deal on Tuesday.

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel has condemned the decision of United States president Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord on Friday. She reiterated a concern from past year that, considering the threats "at Europe's doorstep", USA protection is not implicitly reliable anymore. "Other powers.haven't kept their word", he added, without specifying the powerful countries he was referencing.

Mr Macron said "some people in France" tell him Germany is "selfish, ageing, and doesn't want to reform Europe", "but I know it's not true". "Is that any reason for us to abandon our own choices?" Macron's ideas for deeper integration of the 19-nation eurozone have met with some suspicion in Germany, where many are wary of large-scale financial transfers to weaker members.

"Germany, France and Britain, the "EU3", say themselves that Iran poses a threat". "But wake up: France has changed, it is no longer the same, and that is the choice of the French people".

He also used the occasion to criticise Germany for economic policy choices which he said had harmed other states and to urge it to go further in supporting changes in the EU.

Previous winners of the Charlemagne prize include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Popes Francis and John Paul II, and Merkel herself.