- Title: Germany and Finland prepare for EU council meeting
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL AND FINNISH PRIME MINISTER JUHA SIPILA ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE MERKEL AND SIPILA AT NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERA (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "A part of our talks today will of course relate to the meeting we have in the European Council in Brussels tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We will talk about the issues that will be discussed in that meeting, that is climate politics, the fight against terrorism, the common European security and defence policy, but also - in a special segment - our approach on the negotiations for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, in which we, Germany and Finland are on the same side and believe the 27 have to carry these negotiations out together." MERKEL AND SIPILA AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) FINNISH PRIME MINISTER, JUHA SIPILA, SAYING: "Europe has to do more. We need to enhance our capabilities in crisis management, in supporting our partners, in defending Europe and its citizens." JOURNALIST HANDS TYPING MERKEL AND SIPILA POSING IN FRONT OF FLAGS AND LEAVING
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 16:25
- Keywords: Germany Finland European Council Brexit
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M7ZK93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed her Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila on Wednesday (June 21) in Berlin to hold talks a day ahead of the European Council meeting in Brussels.
EU leaders are expected to focus on migration, security and economy as well as finding their approach on the negotiations following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the bloc.
"Europe has to do more. We need to enhance our capabilities in crisis management, in supporting our partners, in defending Europe and its citizens," Sipila told reporters at a news conference.
A net contributor to the EU budget, Finland usually follows Germany's line on European issues.
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