BRUSSELS – German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has irked some of his EU colleagues by inviting only a select few to a dinner on Tuesday (20 March) to discuss the ‘future of Europe’ after the economic crisis.
The meeting does not appear on the official website of the German foreign ministry as it is meant to be an informal event at the Villa Borsig, north of Berlin. Invited were the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
But by leaving out 17 of the EU’s 27 states, Westerwelle has stepped on the toes of some of his colleagues.
A diplomat from Sweden, one of the non-invitees, told Spiegel magazine that the German foreign minister was not contributing to EU co-operation by leaving some countries out.
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It is very interesting how only 10 nations were invited by the Germans. The ten just don’t want to go away before they give their power to the beast in full.