ZFor the first time in his reign, Olaf Scholz received a head of state or government in his place of residence in Potsdam. The Chancellor met French President Emmanuel Macron for dinner on Tuesday evening in a relaxed atmosphere in the Brandenburg state capital.
The SPD politician showed Macron the center of Potsdam during a walk of more than half an hour. They met at the Alter Markt, sat outside in the café of the Barberini Museum and also walked across the Friendship Island, a nearby park.
The meeting was also important because the Chancellor and the President did not initially get off to a good start after the change of government in Berlin in December 2021. Relations were not easy. A joint cabinet meeting had to be held in the fall even postponed due to large differences become.
More than 50 people stood at the Neuer Markt and watched Scholz and Macron as they went to the “Kochzimmer” restaurant. Evelyn Haupt came from Hanover especially to see Macron – she is a fan of the President and took two selfies: one with Macron and one with Macron and Scholz.
Scholz offers Macron a restaurant with a Michelin star
The “Kochzimmer” offers upscale cuisine in a historic atmosphere and is located in the “Gaststätte zur Rats Waage”, since 1783 one of the most traditional and oldest inns in Potsdam. Restaurant manager Jörg Frankenhäuser, who also received the coveted award this year Michelin star from the gourmet guide “Guide Michelin” Holte offers “New Prussian cuisine”.
However, their meal in Potsdam was not completely private: the delegations from both countries were also there, but Scholz and Macron sat at a separate table. It was considered likely that both were about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine spoke, but also about European issues such as the EU Commission’s proposals for a reform of the debt rules – a particularly controversial topic between Germany and France.
Macron and Scholz only got together last week Europe Summit in Moldova seen, in which they started a joint mediation attempt in the conflict in northern Kosovo.
From July 2nd to 4th, the French head of state will come to Germany for a state visit at the invitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In addition to Berlin, stations in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart and in Dresden are planned. According to the current planning status, Macron will only have breakfast with Scholz. A large state banquet is planned at Steinmeier’s in Bellevue Palace.
It is the first state visit by a French President to Germany in 23 years. “This special event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the decades-long friendship between the two countries,” said a statement from the Office of the Federal President and the Élysée Palace at the beginning of May. Perhaps the meeting in Potsdam also helped.
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