EU divided: France and Germany warn against sidelining MEPs in order to block trade with China | World

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EU divided: France and Germany warn against sidelining MEPs in order to block trade with China | World


Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have been warned against any attempt to dictate to the rest of the European Union a trade deal with China. European Green Party MEP Reinhard Bütikofer warned that any attempt by Paris and Berlin to force the EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement (CAI) would put the European Commission at great disagreement with MEPs. He also warned Merkel and Macron against the appearance of being relegating EU states to relations with China.

Monsieur Bütikofer told Express.co.uk: “The next formal step for CAI would be the signing of the agreement, it has not been signed, it has just been concluded politically.
“This would require an initiative on the part of the commission asking the council for a mandate to do so.

“Maybe Merkel wants it, I don’t think it’s likely that she will get it.

“Because it wouldn’t just put the Commission at odds with the European Parliament, and the Commission needs the European Parliament.

“It would also alienate other EU member countries that have been reported by Paris and Berlin that somehow these two important capitals think they should be in charge of relations with China.
He added that France-Germany would risk giving the impression that “everyone would be relegated to the background”.

“And should applaud with admiration for Merkel and Macron,” added the MEP from the European Green Party.

Mr Bütikofer also argued that Merkel’s departure as German Chancellor is likely to have a “major impact” on how Brussels handles Beijing.

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“She lost touch with the terrible reality. “

The MEP continued: “A few years ago Merkel was indeed a very good leader in relations with China.

“She dared to talk about human rights when others did not.

“So I admire her for a while, but she is now clearly behind the curb and European China policy cannot be dictated by one or two capitals. “

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