Three and a half months before the important European elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets in Bratislava with the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
in addition to the choice at the end of may is likely to be the impending exit of Britain from the EU is an important theme of the visit in the Slovak capital. In particular, Poland is affected the internal migration of many workers from Brexit.
the Official reason for the meeting is 30. Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The political change in these countries, the so-called Visegrad group, has contributed, according to the Federal government’s contribution to the reunification of Germany could take place peacefully.
The relations of Germany to these countries, especially to Hungary and Poland, are tense. You criticize, among other things, the refugee policy of Merkel. Also in rule of law issues, there are disagreements between the EU and Poland and Hungary. And, above all, Poland, the Nord stream gas pipeline 2, which is intended to lead directly from Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany, criticized. In addition, in the question of the stationing of American missiles, medium-range in Poland differences. Nevertheless, these four countries are important trading partners of Germany.
The Meeting in Bratislava is also likely to be interesting in that a few days later in Warsaw, one of the USA and Poland organized a controversial conference on the middle East. The event, the US Vice-President Mike Pence is expected, it is criticized, the Meeting of enemies as Anti-Iran. It is expected that several West Minister from the event European outdoor remote.
Europe and the United States are divided on the question of what to do with the Iran deal. While the Europeans rely on an agreement to prevent the Iranian nuclear bomb, and at the same time, economic cooperation with Iran, to strengthen, to put the United States on sanctions.
In Bratislava, will meet with the Chancellor first, the Slovak Prime Minister, Peter Pellegrini, to a bilateral meeting. After that, you will arrive at a lunch with the heads of government of the Visegrad group. In the afternoon, Merkel plans to meet with the Slovak President Andrej Kiska. Slovakia currently holds the presidency of the group.
FDP-party – and -group-in-chief Christian Lindner urged the West Europeans, more to the concerns of the EU’s Eastern partners. Lindner said the German press Agency, shortly before the Meeting: “We Western Europeans must learn to recognize that our Partner tick, in the East different than we are. A little less moral Arrogance from Germany and a little more commitment to diversity could help the EU to bring together.”
However, he asked the Chancellor, “to show in Bratislava that the European Union is one of values and not only a non – binding community of interest. Discount in the case of the rule of law and liberalism can’t give it.”