The talks focused on drawing up a joint programme of work for an enhanced German-Slovak dialogue. “Over the past 25 years, our bilateral relations in the cultural, political and business fields have seen very dynamic development at all levels. Now we want to take a step further and work together to find possible solutions to the challenges facing Europe,” Roth said.
Roth and Korčok discussed the issues currently at the top of the EU agenda – from the future of the EU to migration and asylum policy. They also talked about developing economic and monetary union further, as well as about rule of law issues , the EU budget and the 2019 European Parliament elections. They stressed that cooperation with the Visegrad group, of which Bratislava will assume the presidency from mid-2018, was a valuable instrument for intensified exchange and joint projects.
“For Germany, Slovakia is a reliable partner at the heart of Europe whose constructive voice is needed more than ever by the EU. Together we want to make the EU stronger and better. That is why, over the next few months, we need to find crisis-proof solutions which can win over many European citizens,” said the Minister of State for Europe. “Together we must combat populism and Europe’s critics and work for an open and inclusive society in the EU.”