'France strongly rebuffed a German idea to share its powerful veto-wielding status at the UN Security Council (UNSC) with other EU nations. Deep rifts within the union render the proposal “a recipe for disaster,” RT has been told.
The suggestion for France to transform its UNSC membership into a joint EU seat came from Germany’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
“This will take some convincing in Paris,” he said on Wednesday, “but it would be a bold and smart goal.”
In exchange for converting its UN Security Council seat into a collective EU seat, France will get to choose “the EU representative to the UN,” the German official added.
It is not entirely clear how serious Olaf Scholz, who also serves as vice chancellor, was about his proposal, but his words caused a stir in the French media. The head of the left-wing La France Insoumise party, Jean-Luc Melenchon, said remodeling of the French seat was “unacceptable.” Political strategist Charlotte Girard branded the idea coming from Berlin a “gross annexation” of France’s UN status.
The French envoy to the US, Gerard Araud argued that it would be “politically impossible” to alter his nation’s seat in favor of a wider EU representation. The Foreign Ministry followed up on Thursday, saying that the French diplomats are already working at the UN “in coordination” with the EU.
They noted, however, that Paris supports Germany getting its own permanent UNSC seat.'
Read more: ‘Recipe for disaster’: Divisions make united EU seat at UN Security Council nearly impossible
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