The most recent edition of intergovernmental consultations was exceptional, as almost all members of both governments attended the meeting. Main topics on the agenda included the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, the future of the European Union as well as the migration crisis in Europe. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki underlined that Poland will not join the United Nations’ migration agreement expected to be signed by a vast majority of UN member states at a summit in Marrakech in December.
“I can also say that we, Poland, are looking at the migration issue closely and it is very likely that, like Austria or the Czech Republic recently, we will not be part of the U.N.'s Global Compact for Migration, because we think that our sovereign rules concerning border protection and control of the migration flows are our absolute priority.”
-Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
On her part, Angela Merkel stressed that Poland and Germany both agree that a deal regarding Brexit needs to be quickly reached with Great Britain.
Over the next few days we want - and that is both a German and Polish wish - to agree an orderly process with Britain for when Britain leaves the European Union. This means we need an exit agreement and also outlines of the future relationship between Britain and the EU. We have the same interest: We want an agreement, we know that we still have work to do, and the sooner we finish the better. But we will work towards such an agreement until the very last hour. -German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Despite many contentious issues in Polish-German relations, such as unpaid World War II reparations for Poland, political contacts between the countries remain civil and intensive. This was the fifth meeting between Mateusz Morawiecki and Angela Merkel this year.
Author: Adam Starzynski
Source: Poland Daily