French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Toulouse, Wednesday, October 15 to hold a joint cabinet meeting with their ministers.
READ MORE: President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Wednesday to demonstrate the solidity of the French-German relationship at a meeting in southern France, one day before a key EU summit that may approve a divorce deal with Britain.
Macron and Merkel were to discuss Brexit as EU and British officials were scrambling to strike a deal before Thursday’s summit in Brussels, the last one planned for before Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on Oct. 31.
The French and German delegations, including key ministers from both governments, were also planning talks on global trade tensions, the fight against climate change, European defense projects and how to defend EU copyright rules, Macron’s office said. They are also expected to discuss the U.S. decision to put tariffs worth $7.5 billion on EU goods like wine, cheese and olive oil, following a green light from the World Trade Organization in a case involving illegal EU subsidies for Airbus.