In Politics: Strengthening Franco-German ties in the age of a troubled EU and Google opens office in Mitte

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This week in politics, we spoke to Henning Hoff, executive editor of the Berlin Policy Journal, to get his views on the political headlines of the week. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a new Franco-German treaty in Aachen this week, 56 years after the historic The Élysée Treaty between Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer. We ask what impact this new treaty might have.

In addition, Google has opened a new office in Berlin Mitte, following a grassroots campaign that prevented the tech giant from opening a campus in Kreuzberg. Hoff says that the resistance against Google: “… makes it more important …for the big firms to be here and try to engage with this kind of criticism.”

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