Berlin, 11 May 2023 (TDI): Yesterday, Laurence Boone, the Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs, flew to Berlin to meet with her German colleague, Minister of State for Europe and Climate Anna Lührmann.
Following the Franco-German Council of Ministers on January 23, the two ministers met with members of the French-German working group, comprising specialists on EU institutional reforms.
The meeting gave Boone and Lührmann a chance to get an update on the working group’s activities and talk about important topics pertaining to EU institutional reforms.
The experts discussed the prospects and difficulties facing the EU and emphasized the significance of tight collaboration between France and Germany in determining the course of Europe.
After the meeting, Boone and Lührmann drove to the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) to engage in a conversation with students about the future of Europe as part of Viadrina’s Europe Week. The occasion gave the ministers an excellent opportunity to interact with the next generation of leaders and discuss the direction of the EU.
Later, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek, their Polish counterpart, and Boone traveled to Pozna, Poland, for a meeting in the Weimar format. The three European affairs ministers talked about the common European position on supporting Ukraine against Russia.
Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, was initially invited to this Weimar Triangle summit by the ministers as a sign of Europe’s solidarity with Ukraine.
The ministers talked about institutional reforms and EU enlargement during the meeting. They emphasized the necessity of continuing to support Ukraine and reaffirmed their dedication to bringing the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.
The presence of Stefanishyna at the Weimar Triangle meeting is evidence of how crucial Ukraine is to the future of Europe and how closely the EU and Ukraine must work together.