- The foreign ministers of the six countries that were the cradle of the European Union are Saturday met in Berlin to examine the impact of the British referendum on withdrawal from the EU.
For our country's development minister Bert Koenders present. Netherlands belongs to Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, France and Germany to the participants in the consultations. Germany and France want to do common, proposals for the further development of the EU. In a draft declaration refers to a flexible union,, '', in which space is offered to Member States not yet able or willing to participate in further steps towards integration.
The six countries, the forerunner of the current EU to consideration join established the European Economic Community in 1957. Other countries that have not been invited criticism at the meeting.
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The decision of the British to withdraw from officially not the reason, because the consultation was already planned. It would involve a broad consultation on various topical issues. The 'old six' more often together.
In keeping the margins of the EU summit on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels the other 27 member states informal deliberation, it was the first instance without the British. Chancellor Angela Merkel performs Monday in Berlin preparatory consultations with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU Council President Donald Tusk.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday that the EU,, hysterical be neither paralyzed 'by the decision of the British electorate to leave the union. It is important that met,, the expectations of the people. '