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Strengthening cohesion in Europe: Foreign Minister Maas in Warsaw Poland

Foreign Minister Maas and Polish President Andrzej Duda

Foreign Minister Maas and Polish President Andrzej Duda, © Thomas Trutschel/photothek.net

15.03.2018 - Article

Poland is one of Germany’s most important bilateral partners, not just for historical reasons, but also with a view to Europe’s future. That is why Heiko Maas is heading to Warsaw on Friday (16 March) on his second trip since taking office. 

Special German-Polish relations

Particular importance attaches to German-Polish ties. Since 1991, the German-Polish Treaty on Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation has formed the basis of relations between the two countries. With Poland’s accession to NATO, the EU and the Schengen area, the connections were further deepened. Germany, Poland and France also work closely together in the Weimar Triangle.

Key country for the future of the EU

Arrival in Warsaw: Foreign Minister Maas with German Ambassador Rolf Nikel
Arrival in Warsaw: Foreign Minister Maas with German Ambassador Rolf Nikel© Thomas Trutschel/photothek.net

Heiko Maas’ visit so quickly after taking office highlights the importance of German-Polish relations. For Germany, Poland is a central partner in Central and Eastern Europe, both bilaterally and with a view to the cohesion of the European Union. The focus is on avoiding a split in the EU between East and West and strengthening European thinking. 

Centenary year “100 years of Poland”

There are very close links between Germany and Poland, whether economic, social or cultural. 2018 is a special year for bilateral relations as Poland is celebrating its centenary. Joint German-Polish events have been planned for the anniversary year to do justice to the historic importance of the relations. 

Meeting with Duda, Morawiecki und Czaputowicz

In Warsaw, Maas is to meet his colleague Jacek Czaputowicz and talks are also planned with President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. 

Foreign Minister Maas is due to arrive back in Berlin on Friday evening. 

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Bilateral relations

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