German Chancellor to hold talks in Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to pay a visit to Warsaw on Monday to hold talks on the next EU budget, migration and military and energy issues.
Angela Merkel at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris during a trip to France on March 16. Photo: EPA/LUDOVIC MARIN
The trip will be Merkel’s second foreign visit after Paris following her re-election as chancellor for a fourth term.
"That shows how good relations between Warsaw and Berlin remain,” Polish government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said on Sunday.
“Poland plays an important role in the process of building and reforming the European Union, both in terms of its institutional and financial future," Kopcińska added.
A new German government led by Merkel, who heads a coalition of her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD), was sworn in on Wednesday.
While in Poland, Merkel will hold talks with President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, public broadcaster Polish Radio has reported.
Differences causing tensions between Warsaw and Berlin in recent months include the issue of possible reparations for Poland from Germany for World War II.
Another bone of contention is the planned Nord Stream II gas pipeline between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea. It would bypass Poland, Ukraine and other countries in the region.
Poland’s ruling conservatives have also been vocal in criticising Merkel’s open-door policy to refugees during her previous term in office.
During a visit to Warsaw on Friday, new German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Poland and Germany “irreplaceable neighbours and friends” despite “divergent views on various issues.”