Estonia not in favor of crisis meeting of EU founding members only (9)
Estonian officials criticize the decision of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to invite only the founding members of the European Union to a meeting in Berlin on Saturday to discuss the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU.
Chairman of the Riigikogu's EU affairs committee, Kalle Palling (Reform), reacted to the news in social media by pointing out that there are 28 member states in the European Union.
Asked by ERR, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand (independent) was unable to say what could have motivated a decision like this in so critical a situation.
“I truly can’t say what the German foreign minister is thinking. And indeed, we will ask him why he made a choice like this,” Kaljurand said. “In a situation where the British referendum has to do with the whole European Union it is definitely not right to start dividing countries and to have a meeting with some countries only and not all. The strength of the European Union now lies in everybody to stand together, to act together,” she added.
The founding members of the EU are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.