Minister of State Roth met the Irish Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe today (7 February). Over a joint luncheon they spoke about Ireland’s economic development and the reforms already embarked upon, as well as the deepening of the economic and monetary union. Enhancing Europe’s core values was another issue on the agenda.
Following the talks, Minister of State Roth stressed the close partnership between Ireland and Germany:
Ireland and Germany are reliable partners for one another, but also for Europe. This was the gist of my talks with Paschal Donohoe.
His clear commitment to Europe shows that Ireland belongs at the heart of Europe. With its course of reform, which is certainly difficult for many people, Ireland has managed to exit the European aid programme. That is an encouraging sign for us all. Ireland can be proud of this achievement. Let us not forget that it is the citizens of Ireland who have to grapple with the burden this programme entails. We were of one mind today that we want an integrated, dynamic European Union that rests on a solid and socially balanced foundation.