Franco-German Fragility Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (right) and her French counterpart Florence Parly pose next to a drone made by a consortium of European aerospace contractors.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (right) and her French counterpart Florence Parly pose next to a drone made by a consortium of European aerospace contractors.

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Translated from the German by Paul Cohen