Treaty of Aachen: Establishing Franco-German Cultural Institutes
“Europe is also a cultural project”
On 22 January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed a new friendship treaty between Germany and France. The treaty provides for the establishment of German-French cultural institutes in Erbil, Bishkek, Rio de Janeiro and Palermo. Going forward, the Goethe-Institut and the Institut français will move closer together.
The President of the Goethe-Institut, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, emphasised the relevance of expanded collaboration between Germany and France, stating, “Europe is also a cultural project. This is underscored by the signing of the Treaty of Aachen, which includes the political framework conditions for joint German-French cultural institutes. The Goethe-Institut and the Institut français will fill these promising perspectives with life and, through practical action, strengthen the bond and make it appealing for other partners. The joint cultural institutions are independent spaces of freedom, creativity and understanding with a shared responsibility for a European cultural space that will invigorate dialogue with the world.”