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Hollande calls for German compromises on VE Day

French President François Hollande and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski commemorate VE Day in Paris.
French President François Hollande and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski commemorate VE Day in Paris. Reuters/Michel Euler/Pool

The French President, François Hollande, has used Victory in Europe Day to call for compromises with Berlin in order to resolve the Eurozone economic crisis.

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Hollande commemorated the day with the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Paris. VE Day marks the day when World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces, thus ending the war in Europe.

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In light of recent reports suggesting France and Germany are at odds about solutions to Europe’s poor economic health, Hollande said the two countries once found a way to work together.

“In 1963, General [Charles] de Gaulle and [then German Chancellor] Konrad Adenauer were able, after witnessing the torment of two world wars, to unite France and Germany in a friendship treaty,” he said.

“For 50 years, that treaty has continued. A lot has happened; there was the reconciliation. But today, what we need to do is to work together for a Europe that stands for growth, for employment.”

“That’s the sense of the debate that we’re having….at the end of the day, it always involves a compromise between France and Germany. This is also the case for the major issues that we have to tackle,” he told French broadcaster France 2.

Hollande and Komorowski paid tribute to the tomb of the unknown soldier underneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

He also said he was looking forward to reviving closer relations between France, Germany and Poland, three of the biggest countries in the Eurozone.

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