France is Germany’s closest and most important partner in Europe. There is no other country with which we coordinate so regularly and intensively at all political levels and in all areas. The…
On 10 September, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will meet his counterparts Jean‑Yves Le Drian and Zbigniew Rau in Weimar – the very place where this important Franco-German-Polish forum for cooperation was launched 30 years ago.
The Weimar Triangle provides Germany, France and Poland with an important forum in which to coordinate approaches to cross-border and European issues. Alongside the governments themselves, the parliaments and civil societies of the three countries are also working closely together.
In theory, the borders in the Schengen area have been open since 1985. But the COVID-19 pandemic has upended this European normality: controls were temporarily reintroduced at many of the EU’s internal borders from March till June 2020, to curb the spread of the virus.
When it comes to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic – whether in terms of health policy or social and economic challenges, Germany and France are pulling in the same direction.
Foreign Minister Maas today had a meeting in Paris with his colleagues from France, Egypt and Jordan. This quadripartite group can be a useful instrument for partners in the region and for the Middle East Quartet.