The Double Cross
28 September 2021
The renewal of the Weimar Triangle format is the clearest of signs that France and Germany are prepared to end ostracising Poland. The breakthrough meeting in Paris, however, also showed signs a quid pro quo with Mediterranean issues, EU-China relations and European security and defence policy – of lesser importance to Poland – discussed in parallel to the unstable situation in the Eastern neighbourhood.
After years of neglect, the Franco-German-Polish Weimar Triangle is showing signs of life and it may even come to serve a purpose of reinvigorating European Union’s foreign policy in particular towards its Eastern neighbourhood.
Although a trilateral summit of heads of state scheduled in Paris around 14 July (Bastille day) was cancelled because of the COVID-19 epidemic, a meeting at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place in Paris on 15 October 2020.
The three ministers, Jean-Ives Le Drian, Heiko Maas and Zbigniew Rau, agreed on most aspects of EU Eastern neighbourhood including sanctioning and not recognising Lukashenka’s regime in Belarus, insisting on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and criticising Putin’s Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea as well as its attempted assassination of Aleksey Navalny.