Schroeder: Franco-German model for Polish ties

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2 July 2004, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Friday that the example of Franco-German reconciliation could serve as the model for the country's future relations with its eastern neighbour, Poland. In a speech to parliament outlining his government's policy towards Europe, the Berlin leader said German-French cooperation was "irreplaceable" for overall European unification. "There can and will be progress in European integration only if Germany and France are as unified as possible," Schro

2 July 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Friday that the example of Franco-German reconciliation could serve as the model for the country's future relations with its eastern neighbour, Poland.

In a speech to parliament outlining his government's policy towards Europe, the Berlin leader said German-French cooperation was "irreplaceable" for overall European unification.

"There can and will be progress in European integration only if Germany and France are as unified as possible," Schroeder declared.

Looking back on the post-war Franco-German reconciliation, which has been the centrepiece of western Europe's progression towards greater unification, Schroeder said that such a process should also take place with Poland.

He described the new European Union constitution hammered out two weeks earlier as "a good compromise" which posed a "step of historic dimensions".

Schroeder's remarks about Poland follows on several months of often strained atmosphere amid differences between Berlin and Warsaw over the E.U. constitution.

DPA

Subject: German news

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