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If you read my “Ed­i­tor Elke” mes­sage, you have seen that the Ger­man-Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce has shut their Van­cou­ver Of­fice down as of De­cem­ber 2012. In Van­cou­ver, you still have the op­por­tu­nity to read their news­let­ter: http:// kanada.ahk.de/en/me­dia/cur­rent-news­let­ter/ or to look at their on­line list of mem­bers from Mon­treal & Toronto. Just for fun, I opened up a “Ger­man Busi­ness So­ci­ety” page on Face­book, where I am the only mem­ber! Please join me there. https:// www.face­book.com/Ger­manBusi­nessSo­ci­ety?book­mark_t=page

In Al­berta, mean­while, the Univer­sity of Cal­gary was the venue for the cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th An­niver­sary of the El­y­see Treaty signed be­tween France & Ger­many on Jan­uary 22nd, 1963, which sig­nalled a new era of con­struc­tive Franco-Ger­man re­la­tions, form­ing the ba­sis for a United Europe. Con­sul gen­eral Sitz & his French col­leage gave a com­bined ra­dio in­ter­view in Van­cou­ver. Mr. Hu­ber­tus Liebrecht, the Honorary Con­sul of Ger­many in Cal­gary, and his col­league Mr. Jean-Charles Bou, Con­sul Gen­eral of the French Con­sulate both gave re­marks. UBC will host a sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tion on April 9th.

France & Ger­many are each other’s clos­est and most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural part­ners. The El­y­see Treaty, signed on Jan­uary 22nd, 1963 by the French Pres­i­dent, Gen­eral de Gaulle, and the Ger­man Chan­cel­lor, Kon­rad Ade­nauer, re­mains the cor­ner­stone of French-Ger­man co­op­er­a­tion, which is the main en­gine of the EU. (the 2 coun­tries rep­re­sent 33% of the EU pop­u­la­tion, 36% of the Bud­get, 37% of the GDP, 31% of the vot­ing rights) May 9th, 1950, the Schu­man Dec­la­ra­tion be­came the found­ing act...

Con­sul gen­eral Her­rmann Sitz happy about this new pic­ture of “Dirndl girls pro­mot­ing soc­cer” now show­ing the way to the en­trance of the Ger­man Con­sulate!

The Am­bas­sadors of the EU from France & Ger­many with spouses

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