Ministers Jacek Czaputowicz and Heiko Maas on the future of the European Union
“We are meeting today on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union. Poland highly values its membership,” said Minister Czaputowicz. He also underscored that our country wants the European Union to be strong, democratic and effective. It should be as one, without divisions, because only as one can it play a role in the world,” he added.
“We believe that it is possible to seek a consensus in the European Union on foreign and security policy directions,” argued the head of Polish MFA, referring in this context to sanctions imposed on Russia and the common position on Brexit. “The EU is sufficiently homogenous in terms of values and culture and, therefore, seeking a consensus on foreign policy would be the best – in our opinion – solution,” argued Minister Czaputowicz.
In the opinion of Minister Heiko Maas, Germany and Poland should closely agree their positions and discuss the future of Europe. “It is important not only for Germany and France to consult each other, but also for Germany and Poland to find common responses to all the challenges, so that we can be a driving force of the European project,” underscored the chief of German policy. He observed in this context that a large majority of EU Member States agree on foreign policy issues.
A joint debate, as part of civic consultations, followed an announcement made in a declaration signed by foreign ministers of Poland and of Germany last November. The debate, moderated by Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, think tanks and a large group of students.
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