A lack of consensus within the Franco-German tandem that has been at the core of EU decision-making is causing delays in multiple issues — from financing Ukraine to rules overseeing national budgets, The Financial Times (FT) said, Report informs.
The lack of personal chemistry between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron does not help. “They just don’t seem to get on,” said one person present at recent discussions between the two leaders. “And that’s at the heart of this.”
The problems stem both from significant policy disagreements between Paris and Berlin and the fractious nature of the coalition government in Germany that has made it harder for Scholz to set a clear direction on issues such as energy.