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The Weimar Triangle

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Germany, Poland and France have been cooperating closely within the Weimar Triangle since 1991.

The French, Polish and German flags outside Weimar City Hall
The French, Polish and German flags outside Weimar City Hall© picture-alliance/dpa

The Foreign Ministers and Ministers for European Affairs of the three countries meet trilaterally to discuss current political issues and inject fresh impetus into specific areas of foreign and European policy.

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.

Meeting of Foreign Ministers and Ministers for European Affairs

The last meeting of the Foreign Ministers in the Weimar Triangle format took place in Paris on 15 October 2020. Ministers Heiko Maas, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Zbigniew Rau discussed developments in the European Union’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods, a coordinated approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and other topical issues.

You can find the text of the joint declaration adopted on this occasion here.

The Ministers for European Affairs Michael Roth, Amélie de Montchalin, his opposite number at the time, and Konrad Szymański last met in the Weimar Triangle format on 21 January 2020 in Lens (France), where they adopted a joint statement on key European issues such as climate protection, the rule of law and sustainable industrial policy, as well as the EU budget and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Find out more about the European Affairs Ministers meeting here.

Meetings between various government departments are also held as part of the Weimar Triangle.

Cooperation between parliaments

The founding fathers: Krzysztof Skubiszewski, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Roland Dumas (2003)
The founding fathers: Krzysztof Skubiszewski, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Roland Dumas (2003)© www.weimarer-dreieck.com/Anne Bicher

Parliamentary cooperation also plays an important role in the Weimar Triangle. As well as the parliament presidents and their deputies, a number of committees also convene in the trilateral format. For example, the Bundestag Committee on the Affairs of the European Union last invited its partner committees from the French and Polish parliaments to Berlin for joint talks on 13 May 2019. On 13 June 2019, Bundesrat President Daniel Günther met President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher and Marshal of the Polish Senate Stanisław Karczewski.

Click here for more information on the talks at the Bundestag on 13 May 2019 (in German).

Click here for more information on the presidents’ meeting in Paris on 13 June 2019 (in German).

The trilateral exchange has become increasingly important at the level of civil society – in the form of town twinning arrangements, youth exchanges and cultural events. Civil society in Germany, Poland and France is united in its commitment to even closer cooperation in Europe.

Find out more:

Joint declaration issued in Weimar by the German, French and Polish Foreign Ministers, 29 August 1991

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