Merkel to use Polish visit to strengthen relations

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 March 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to use her visit to Poland on Friday to strengthen "the good relations" between the two neighbours, a government spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said Merkel's talks with Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin, President Lech Kaczynski, would cover bilateral relations and European Union issues. The spokesman confirmed that Merkel would be accompanied by her husband, Joachim Sauer, who rarely travels with her when she

13 March 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to use her visit to Poland on Friday to strengthen "the good relations" between the two neighbours, a government spokesman said Monday.

Spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said Merkel's talks with Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin, President Lech Kaczynski, would cover bilateral relations and European Union issues.

The spokesman confirmed that Merkel would be accompanied by her husband, Joachim Sauer, who rarely travels with her when she makes trips outside Germany.

Merkel placed great importance in having a trusting and friendly relationship with Poland, Wilhelm said, citing a similar relationship that the Berlin government enjoys with France.

In addition to her political talks, Merkel will also deliver a speech at the University of Warsaw.

Relations between the two countries have been clouded by different interpretations of their common history as well as a Berlin exhibition about the millions of people expelled from former German territories that became part of Poland after World War II.

One of the backers of the exhibition is the German Federation of Expellees headed by Erika Steinbach, 63, a conservative member of parliament for Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Steinbach annoyed Polish leaders last week with an interview in which she compared the country's centre-right government with far-right parties in Germany.

Leading CDU figures dissociated the party from her remarks, saying they did not represent the CDU view.

DPA

Subject: German news

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