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Meeting of the Weimar Triangle ministers for European affairs

16.06.2016 - Article

On 13 and 14 June Minister of State Roth met his opposite numbers from Poland and France. Central topics of the meeting were the refugee situation in Europe and the British referendum.

The three ministers for European affairs in the Weimar Triangle format
The three ministers for European affairs in the Weimar Triangle format (from left): Michael Roth, Konrad Szymanski and Harlem Désir on 13 June in Warsaw© Federal Foreign Office

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth and his French counterpart Harlem Désir visited Warsaw on 13 and 14 June at the invitation of Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski.

It was the first meeting of the ministers for European affairs in this format since the new Polish Government came to power. The in‑depth talks between the ministers and their delegations focused on the refugee and migration crisis and the British referendum, among other issues.

Minister of State Roth made the following statement:

We in Europe are facing major challenges. That is why it is important that we regularly interact and coordinate with one another. Germany, France and Poland share a great responsibility for the success of Europe. And we embrace this responsibility. The Weimar Triangle is therefore an important constellation, and will remain so, as this meeting shows once again. Our joint statement sends a clear message: we are in favour of the United Kingdom remaining in the EU and want to move Europe forward in its role as a problem solver.

Following the talks, the three ministers participated in a panel discussion organised by the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). Here, too, the discussion centred on the upcoming British referendum and the significance of the Weimar Triangle for the European Union.

Joint statement of the Weimar Triangle ministers for European affairs

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