Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth travelled to Copenhagen on 19 November. He met the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs and discussed the refugee crisis and the current situation in Denmark with him. Their talks were overshadowed by the attacks in Paris.
“Denmark is a strong partner when it comes to standing up together for our European values of freedom, democracy and open societies. The barbaric attacks in Paris targeted precisely these values”, said Roth. Denmark itself had fallen victim to terrorist attacks earlier this year. As a gesture of solidarity, Roth visited the synagogue and the Jewish community that had lost one of its members during an attack in February.
Learning integration strategies from each other
Roth discussed the refugee crisis and the situation in Denmark with Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen and parliamentarians from the social democratic opposition. Roth said:
It is important first of all to make a clear distinction between the refugee crisis and terrorism. Furthermore, I am calling for a comprehensive European solution. No country will be able to deal with the refugee issue alone.
Both sides can learn integration strategies integration from each other, the Minister of State continued. Roth visited the transport company Arriva, which is working especially hard to integrate people with a migrant background.
A comprehensive European strategy is required
To conclude his visit, Roth held a panel discussion of the German-Nordic-Baltic Forum together with the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs. The forum is supported by both the German Federal Foreign Office and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is organised by the Institute for European Policy. At the event, Roth reiterated that the refugee crisis requires a comprehensive European strategy that takes both short‑ and long‑term measures into account.