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Sipilä met Merkel in Berlin, wants to solidify EU defence policy

After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said that EU defence cooperation negotiations must eventually lead to concrete actions. The two leaders met in Berlin on Wednesday and will continue discussions at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday.

Angela Merkel ja Juha Sipilä tiedotustilaisuuden jälkeen Berliinissä keskiviikkona.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in Berlin on Wednesday. Image: John Macdougall / AFP

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin on Wednesday and discussed the broad topic of the future of the EU, but for Sipilä the main item on the agenda was solidifying EU's defence policy.

"The planned defence cooperation should lead to concrete results already this year. Chancellor Merkel also noted that now is the right time for these discussions," Sipilä said.

Open for discussion

Talk among EU leaders concerning the future of the union has increased due to Brexit negotiations, but also because of the election of France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, who has spoken of reforms not only in France but across the EU.

Sipilä said that both he and Merkel noted that Macron's benevolent attitude towards the EU has increased the possibilities to develop the union.

He emphasised that - in cases regarding the euro currency - each member nation needs to be responsible for their own fiscal situations in order for reforms to be successfully carried out.

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