Minister of State for Europe Roth welcomed his French and Polish colleagues responsible for European issues, Désir und Orłowski, to his hometown Herleshausen in northern Hesse for political talks on 26 September.
Consultations in the Weimar Triangle format: Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met his French and Polish colleagues, Harlem Désir und Tomasz Orłowski, in his northern Hesse hometown at the former border between the two German states on 26 September.
The Ministers for Europe of the three countries have regular consultations on European issues. Minister of State Roth stressed ahead of the meeting: “The fresh start with a promising Commission and a new European Parliament provides an ideal opportunity to agree on priorities together,” said Roth.
Roth was especially pleased that the meeting was held in a place of symbolic importance to European integration. With this meeting in this one-time border area between East and West Germany, the three ministers want to highlight the great significance of European integration for France, Poland and Germany 25 years after the end of the East-West conflict and ten years after the EU’s eastern enlargement.
In this connection, Minister of State Roth stated:
I could not have imagined 25 years ago that I would ever be able to meet French and Polish friends here to talk about joint initiatives for a united Europe.
Furthermore, Minister of State Roth, together with his Polish and French guests, will take part on Saturday (27 September) in an official ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Philippsthal an der Werra, which is also not far from the old border.