'France and Germany plotting to merge borders, economies and defence policies in the latest step towards an EU superstate.
The neighbouring countries are to forge together policies in areas including terrorism and transport in an unprecedented "twinning" pact just two months before the UK is due to leave Europe.
In line with the agreement, regions on either side of the Franco-German author will be encouraged to form "Eurodistricts", The Times reports.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on January 22 in Aaachen, a town symbolic for its common history as well as location on the border.
The treaty extension, negotiated over the past year though short on details, stipulates that it will be a priority of German-French diplomacy for Germany to be accepted as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Under the plans, ministers will also be able to sit in on each other’s Cabinet meetings. There are also aims to promote closer cooperation between national intelligence services and police in fighting terrorism and organised crime, as well as a commitment to moving towards economic convergence.
Other areas of cooperation include culture, health, innovation and transport.
In Paris, Macron's office said the Elysee Treaty extension would help both European powers tackle "the challenges they will be confronted with in the 21st century".
"(We) envisage deepening our engagement in favour of security and prosperity of our peoples in the framework of a more sovereign, united and democratic Europe," it said.
The two governments will agree to hold “regular consultations on all levels before major European meetings, and take care to establish common positions and issue joint statements”.'
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