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Source: Republic of Poland in English

Polish President Andrzej Duda and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday discussed the situation in Poland and Germany as well as Ukraine, EU reforms, transatlantic relations and climate policy, Andrzej Duda’s aide Krzysztof Szczerski reported.

“As requested by the German Chancellor, the talks were held face to face,” Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish reporters.

“An obvious subject of the conversation was the victory of Law and Justice in the local elections in Poland and its consequences (…). The President asked the Chancellor about a series of elections in Germany and the future of the German policy,” Krzysztof Szczerski reported.

Speaking about the EU, the two officials focused on potential reforms to adapt the bloc to contemporary challenges, also in the context of how EU institutions operate, minister Szczerski said. “The interlocutors agreed that every European reform should take place as agreed by its citizens, with their participation, in a democratic discourse, but also within the law and the procedures envisaged by the law,” he added. See also: President: Polish-German friendship extremely important

Both leaders also discussed the relations between the EU and the US and presented their opinions about actions taken by US President Donald Trump’s administration. “President Duda presented his conclusions from recent meetings at a Polish-US summit, that is, his visit to the White House and the New York talks that followed,” Krzysztof Szczerski said.

Andrzej Duda and Angela Merkel focused on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and “ways to include the Ukrainian issue in the context of the European policy,” the presidential aide said.

The two also discussed climate policy ahead of the UN climate-change summit to be held in the southern Polish city of Katowice this December. Andrzej Duda sought German support in Poland’s efforts to convince “EU countries to support the Polish model, meaning a fair and responsible division of duties, one that would give every country the right to adapt the condition of its power sector to climate requirements in an appropriate manner, with care for the global dimension, but also with respect for local conditions of the countries,” Krzysztof Szczerski said.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Duda met with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (PAP)