Friends for a strong Europe: Foreign Minister Maas in Belgium  Belgium

Foreign Minister Maas with his Belgian counterpart Reynders

Foreign Minister Maas with his Belgian counterpart Reynders, © Xander Heinl/photothek.net

13.04.2018 - Article

During his first official visit to Brussels as Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas makes it clear why the German-Belgian friendship is good for Europe.

Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Belgium on Friday (13 April). In the capital, Brussels, he had talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders. The main item on the agenda was the future of the European Union. Like Germany, Belgium is one of the six founding states of the European Communities. For decades, both countries have been committed to deepening the alliance.

Close coordination in foreign policy

This is one reason why the two countries are also coordinating closely in the debate about upcoming reforms to the EU. “Our shared goal is to strengthen cohesion and the values of the EU,” said Maas following the talks in Brussels. Smaller member states, too, needed to be intensely involved in the debate about Europe’s future, Maas went on. Germany and Belgium work closely on other foreign policy issues beyond Europe as well. So Reynders and Maas also talked in detail about the worrying situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Talks about the fight against anti-Semitism

Foreign Minister Maas in the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels
Foreign Minister Maas in the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

In the afternoon, Foreign Minister Maas visited the Great Synagogue of Europe. He spoke with the Chief Rabbi of Brussels and the President of the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium about experiences and challenges in the fight against anti-Semitism.


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