‘Wake-Up Call’: Germany Joins Chorus Supporting France On Submarine Row

French minister for European affairs Clement Beaune speaks German Minister Michael Roth.

Brussels: The US and Australian decision to strip France of a submarine supply contract was a stark reminder the EU must bolster its own capacity to act independently of its allies, Germany's Europe minister said Tuesday.

"It is once again a wake-up call for all of us in the European Union to ask ourselves how we can strengthen our sovereignty, how we can present a united front even on issues relevant to foreign and security policy," Michael Roth said, arriving at ministerial talks in Brussels.

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