French President Georges Pompidou and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt began a two-day Franco-German Summit meeting in Bonn today (July 3).
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Background: French President Georges Pompidou and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt began a two-day Franco-German Summit meeting in Bonn today (July 3). The meeting, staged at the Chancellery, was expected to concentrate on delicate, all-European issues rather than bilateral questions.
The French President is accompanied by Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas and his Foreign, Finance and Science Ministers - all of whom will have talks with their West German counterparts.
In the top level talks, the two leaders will undoubtedly devote much of their time to the problems of the European Community. Meeting so soon after the opening negotiations of Britain's application to the Common Market, M. Pompidou and Herr Brandt will be able to review the ground covered earlier this week at the Luxembourg talks.
But the possible entry of Britain, Ireland, Norway and Denmark are only part of the European Community problems facing the two countries.
Both Governments are concerned that the Market should not remain stagnant while the lengthy entry talks are continuing. They are looking for ways in which to intensity political and economic co-operation.
Another important matter for discussion is West Germany's efforts to seek understanding with Communist Europe. M. Pompidou is expected to endorse Herr Brandt's actions.