It's 50 years since France and Germany signed the Elysée Treaty. That brought to an end decades of hostility between the two nations. And today, an increasing number of French are making their home in Germany.
The financial crisis has not only changed Europe, it has also influenced German Chancellor Merkel's alliance policies. Instead of focussing on Paris, Merkel is establishing a broad network of ties.
From bitter enemies to firm friends: Germany and France have achieved true reconciliation over the last 50 years. The Elysée Treaty, signed back in 1963, can serve as an example to others.
Turning enemies to friends - that was the purpose of the 1963 Elysée Treaty between Germany and France. The agreement is approaching its 50th anniversary, and some say it's a useful model for other historic enemies.
Fifty years ago, Charles de Gaulle became the first post-war French president to visit Germany, planting the seed of reconciliation between the former enemies. Today, their partnership acts as the motor for the EU.
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