Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (13 June) issued the following statement in Beijing commenting on the negative outcome of the Irish referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon:
"We have to take note of the likely outcome of the referendum in Ireland. Naturally we are disappointed, this is a grave setback. I am convinced, however, that we need this Treaty. A Treaty which makes Europe more democratic, more effective and more transparent. That is why we remain committed to our goal of seeing it enter into force. To that end the ratification process must continue. Together with our partners and our Irish friends we will now consider how to deal with this new situation."