Merkel, Hollande to jointly address European Parliament

Brussels, Sep 22 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will jointly <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>address the European Parliament (EP) plenary session on October 7 in Strasbourg.

This will be an historic visit for historically difficult times, Xinhua news agency reported <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>European Parliament President Martin Schulz as saying on Monday.

“The European Union is facing immense challenges and requires strong <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>commitment by its leaders. It is an <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>important signal that such <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>commitment will be made in front of Europe’s democratically elected representatives,” he said.

A previous joint <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>address took place in 1989 with then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President Francois Mitterand.

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