Rise of the "Weimar Triangle": Merkel calls for restart of alliance with Poland and France



On the second trip abroad since her re-election, Mrs Merkel met Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to emphasize the importance of bilateral ties and the need for European unity despite the nations’ different point of view on judicial reforms, open borders and a new gas pipeline.

The visits aims at bringing the two countries closer after their relations cooled off following Poland’s 2015 elections, which brought to power the national-conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS).

Ms Merkel also wants to resume the 'Weimar Triangle', an alliance started in 1991 which includes France and aims to promote co-operation between the three countries.

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