Polish minister bashes German "ego" ahead of Merkel's Warsaw visit

Germany can be too egotistical when negotiating foreign policy, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told dpa on Friday, ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's arrival in Warsaw.

"We often feel like they're out to pursue their own objectives," he said of the Germans. "Of course every nation has that right, but we do expect, to a certain degree, a willingness to compromise on certain issues."

Merkel is scheduled to meet Friday with the so-called Visegrad states – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - with the likely topics on the table including refugee policy and the role of Russia.

Waszczykowski cited a planned underwater Baltic Sea gas pipeline between Germany and Russia that's been sharply criticized by Eastern European countries as an example of Berlin putting itself first, saying the project "damaged Europe's solidarity" for financial gains.

Merkel's Warsaw trip is part of her efforts to bridge the differences between European Union member states ahead of next month's meeting of EU leaders, minus Britain. By the end of the week, she will have held talks with 15 government chiefs of the bloc ahead of the gathering in Bratislava.

Merkel has faced staunch opposition from the Visegrad states and the Baltic leaders as she urges EU members to share the refugee burden.

The chancellor also plans to hold talks on Friday with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, whose right-wing Law and Justice Party is at odds with the EU over controversial reforms to Poland's judiciary.

Last update: Fri, 26/08/2016 - 11:46
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