The Weimar Triangle shows how countries with different historical backgrounds can shape the future together, beyond borders, and work to strengthen Europe and peace in Europe. The Weimar Triangle’s great strength lies in the fact that it covers a broad spectrum of attitudes, traditions and political approaches. This forum can therefore make a valuable contribution to successful decision-making processes in a European Union now numbering 28 member states.
Foreign Ministers meeting
The foreign ministers last met in the Weimar Triangle format on 28 August 2016. Foreign Minister Steinmeier received his counterparts Jean-Marc Ayrault and Witold Waszczykowski at Ettersburg Palace by Weimar to celebrate 25 years of the Weimar Triangle. The main issues discussed at this meeting were the future of the EU, security cooperation and the peaceful solution of conflicts in Europe’s neighbourhood. Find out more about the foreign ministers meeting Here
Dialogue between the Ministers for European affairs
The ministers for European affairs last met in the Weimar Triangle format in Warsaw on 13 June 2016. The meeting focused on the refugee crisis in Europe and the forthcoming UK referendum on whether the country should remain in the EU. Find out more about the meeting in Warsaw here.
The heads of state and government also meet at irregular intervals in the Weimar format (most recently in Warsaw in 2011).
Cooperation of parliaments and ministries
Parliamentary cooperation is also playing an increasingly important role in the Weimar Triangle. Various committees meet regularly, as do the presidents of the three countries’ parliaments and their deputies.
Meetings of ministers from various government departments now also take place as part of the Weimar Triangle. For example, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt met the agriculture ministers of Poland and France, Marek Sawicki and Stéphane Le Foll, in Bonn on 1 September 2014 to discuss the impact and consequences of the Russian import ban on agricultural products.
This trilateral exchange has also become increasingly important at the level of civil society – in the form of city twinnings, youth exchanges and cultural events. Civil society in Germany, Poland and France is united in its commitment to even closer cooperation in Europe.