Foreign Minister Steinmeier met his counterparts from Denmark, Sweden and Finland on Monday evening at a new talks format aimed at enhancing regular exchange. The talks in Copenhagen focused on European issues, the Ukraine crisis and the conflicts in the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Copenhagen on Monday evening (1 December) at the invitation of his Danish counterpart Martin Lidegaard for a political premiere – the launch of a new four‑way talks format by the two politicians along with the Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers, Margot Wallström and Erkki Tuomioja.
Regular talks between like‑minded neighbours
At the start of the meeting, Foreign Minister Steinmeier underlined that concerns about the many crises worldwide were setting the agenda this year in particular. “My impression is that we sometimes do not focus enough on political coordination outside actual crisis management,” he said.
He thus thanked Lidegaard for his invitation and described the meeting between the four foreign ministers of the Nordic EU countries and Germany as an opportunity to create a “more solid basis for our regular exchange”. For his part, the Danish foreign minister thanked Steinmeier for suggesting this new format for talks, which he said would strengthen the already excellent bilateral relations between the partner countries.
After the N3+1 talks, Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Brussels on Tuesday (2 December) for the NATO foreign ministers meeting.