In May 1974, German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing go to the bedside of the sick Europe. The two Heads of State seem to embody 'New hope' in a Europe in the throes of monetary crisis.
On 13 September 1978, the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments on Franco-German monetary relations and criticises the vagueness of the plans for the European Monetary System (EMS).
On 20 September 1978, the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung analyses French policy on Europe and outlines the joint efforts of the French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and the German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, aimed at establishing a stable economic and monetary policy in Europe.
On 29 September 1978, the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung welcomes the cordial relations between the German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, and the French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
On 27 November 1978, during diplomatic consultations between France and Germany in Bonn, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Foreign Minister, and his French counterpart, Louis de Guiringaud, emphasise the importance of France and Germany in the European unification process.
‘After all these years …’ In 1980, Swiss cartoonist Hans Geisen illustrates the fact that French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt are pursuing a policy of rapprochement between France and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), thereby continuing the close cooperation between their predecessors, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle.