Minister of State Michael Roth travelled to Warsaw on 10 July to meet his opposite numbers from Poland and France, Piotr Serafin und Harlem Désir, within the framework of the Weimar Triangle. The three European affairs ministers meet on a regular basis to coordinate politically.
“The Weimar Triangle format is ideally suited to reconciling positions in the EU and to preparing decisions at European level. We want to work together as a team to make Europe strong”, said the German minister, referring to the constructive nature of the meetings.
Finding the way back to sustainable growth
The three colleagues agreed on further reform steps to overcome the economic and financial crisis. Furthermore, they agreed to focus more on social cohesion. Roth added, “Citizens must regain confidence in the EU. That will only happen if we in Europe find our way back to sustainable growth.”
The EU as a union of shared values
Roth went on to say that the high youth unemployment rate in particular would require the quickest possible response. A lost generation without prospects for the future was not only shameful for the continent but also posed a major threat to European integration. “Eurosceptics must not be allowed to gain more ground with their simple and populist demands”, stated Roth.
The three European affairs ministers agreed to keep on striving to ensure that the EU is not seen as a mere internal market but as a union of shared values which had to be protected and further developed.