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  • 17 January 2018

    “Germany is Poland’s important strategic partner, in both the economy and politics,” said the chief of Polish foreign policy at a press conference following a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

     

    The Polish and German foreign ministers met today to discuss the challenges facing the European Union, including Brexit-related issues, possible solutions to the migrant crisis, European security and energy and climate policies.


    “It was very important for me to visit Berlin shortly after taking office and I am glad to be here. Our countries need to cooperate closely to ensure Europe’s lasting, stable development. I hope that our meeting today will lead to more intensive dialogue in many fields,” said Poland’s top diplomat. He added that Poland wants to build a partnership hand in hand with Germany. “We want to be together, we want to transform Europe together, to make it play an ever greater role in the world,” stressed the Polish MFA head.


    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz underscored that during the meeting with his German colleague, he outlined Poland’s vision of the EU. “To put it short, the dividing line in Europe runs between liberal democracies such as Germany, Poland Sweden, and Hungary. These are the countries that advocate strong competition, free trade, boosting EU’s competitiveness and strengthening its position in the world and in its relations with other powers,” he clarified.


    The MFA head also discussed the Weimar Triangle cooperation. “We have many issues of common interest, many shared problems on the European and global agenda, so we should coordinate the activities of major EU players such as France, Germany, and Poland. We hope that a Weimar Triangle meeting at the highest level will take place soon; we share Germany’s position on the major issues concerning the vision of the EU, we differ slightly with France,” he argued.


    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also noted that he raised some difficult issues when speaking with the German top diplomat. “We would like the discussion on reparations to be held at expert level,” he observed. He went on to say that “at the present stage, it is not a burden in relations between our governments.”


    In Berlin, the head of Polish diplomacy also met with Wolfgang Schäuble, the President of the German Bundestag. Prior to this meeting, at the invitation of the Körber Foundation, the minister attended a gathering of prominent German experts and analysts dealing with international politics to brief them on the priorities of Polish foreign policy. He also met with the Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Norbert Röttgen (CDU).

     


    The Berlin visit it the second official visit of the new Polish top diplomat. On Monday, 15 January, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visited Bulgaria, which holds the 6-month presidency of the European Council. The minister’s next foreign trip will take him to the UN headquarters in New York.


    MFA Press Office

    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin
    Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visits Berlin

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