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Franco-German treaty pledges closer research union

Image: Etienne Ansotte, European Union

France and Germany will cooperate more closely on areas including research and higher education, under a bilateral treaty signed off by their heads of government.

France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel signed the treaty on 22 January in the German city of Aachen. It promises that both governments will “establish Franco-German tools for excellence in research, vocational education and training as well as integrated dual Franco-German programmes in higher education”.

A coordination process and joint funding will be put in place to support joint research programmes, the treaty says. Franco-German initiatives to promote innovation will also be set up, and these will be “open to cooperation at European level”.

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