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Video Merkel : EU summit should bring battery-cell-plans ahead

Germany and France want to move forward at the forthcoming EU summit its Plan for a European industrial strategy. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said on Saturday published a weekly video message. The background is that Europe is in danger of losing in key technologies such as artificial intelligence and battery cells for electric cars at the port.

earlier in December, Germany and France had announced the joint establishment of a production of battery cells for electric cars. In this area, European car manufacturers are threatening dependent to be of groups of companies from China and South Korea. Merkel said at the EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels should be talking about the announced consortium. "There are different offers, there are European options and here we will try to win over other member States, precisely for this path," said Merkel.

In conjunction with the French President, Emmanuel Macron proposed industrial strategy, it is "to secure in the future jobs in strategic sectors of the economy in Europe," said Merkel.

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