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Merkel and the problem of the case in the porcelain room
At the summit with the Visegrad States of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, German Chancellor Merkel is due to meet in Bratislava on a difficult conversation partner. The five heads of government are planning a joint development project in Morocco to combat the reasons for Flight. However, the great Controversy will only be striped. the Tobias Zick, Bratislava Tobias Zick

Tobias Zick, foreign Affairs editor, was part of the Investigative team that prepared the "the Paradise Papers". Prior to that, he was for four years a correspondent of the SZ in Africa. After his training at the Henri-Nannen-school, he had co-founded the Association of Journalists Plan 17, as a freelance Journalist in Genoa lived, and for magazines such as Stern, Geo, Neon, Brand Eins, Mare, Dummy and others wrote. For his book "home customer", he explored Germany on foot. He was editor of strip, free text in-chief and columnist at nature, a seminar leader and lecturer for Reportage/magazine history, as well as a Board member of the free writer. Scholarship holder of the network's Research (2006), IJP fellow in Cairo (2010), winner of the EU Health Prize for Journalists (2013).

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in addition to the smiling Viktor Orbán for the inevitable "family photo" in front of the press, clings, the Chancellor is still a little strong on the diamond of air between your hands. The Hungarian Prime Minister from Angela Merkel's point of view, in many respects, the problem in the room, here in the China room of the castle of Bratislava, high above the Danube.

It's tricky territory to enter the Chancellor this Thursday; the summit of the Visegrad countries Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary meet. From Brussels and Berlin point of view, those countries, which have developed in the past years, more and more to the concerns of the cases within the EU.


Precarious Partner

Angela Merkel has visited the Meeting of the heads of government of four Eastern European countries in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The is wise. The Chancellor must pay attention to the fact that Europe is breaking apart at the scar left by the Iron curtain. Tobias Zick

the occasion is ostensibly a solemn. The invitation, as Merkel mentioned at the beginning on the side of the host, Peter Pellegrini, "something to do with the fact that it is now 30 years ago", in the East of Germany and in today's Visegrad countries, "people took to the streets". You alluded to events that have mitbereitet the way to German reunification. But then it quickly becomes clear that this Meeting is much more to the future than to the past.

which means because the fact that overt participation of the Slovak authorities was kidnapped a Vietnamese business man from Germany, for the relationship of trust between the two countries? And until today, not enlightened murder of the Slovak investigative journalists Ján Kuciak a year ago? You have both "short" answers Merkel to journalists ' questions, while looking at the nodding Pellegrini, and they have "no doubt" the fact that Slovakia will do everything for the enlightenment of these cases, necessary. All-too-obvious Controversies with the host country can't have the Chancellor, Slovakia is in doubt, your most reliable ally among the four States, which is not least due to the fact that the country is an important production location for the German car industry.

The large balance of trade of the four Visegrad countries, Germany is the first point that the Slovak Prime Minister announced at the press conference of the five heads of government, prior to the common memory of 1989 and the assessment of the "cultural civilization project" to belong to the now common and clear: "We want this Europe remains successful."

The most Concrete of the summit, a project, the "reasons for Flight" in Morocco is to fight

What does this mean, the differences are known to be larger, to clear up on a summit day. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, is the fiercest opponent of Merkel's policy on refugees, he put up today against an EU-wide distribution key for refugees. The EU Parliament has launched a rule of law, proceedings against Hungary, because civil rights groups and the media under increasing repression. To do this, Orbán says in this solemn occasion a little - only so much: You've led a "very positive conversation", every country in the topic of Migration see from his own perspective, and Europe live from the diversity of its points of view. The European Union will change the direction in which you will see after the European elections.

the other Controversy be striped to this day, mainly in the Form of punchlines. Czech Prime Andrej Babiš, founder of a so far, with European subsidies, that is proportionate to the agricultural group, the EU Commission accused of a conflict of interest, the taunts, he hoped that the Commission would in future develop to a neutral arbitrator within the meaning of the EU treaties. Moreover, he had the impression that some of the West European farmers would be without EU subsidies compared to their Czech and Slovak colleagues, not competitive.

Poland's Prime Mateusz Morawiecki, whose government is a EU rule of law procedures, recommends to his critics, "to study the history of Europe"; after the turn, as well as "in the East of Germany", in Poland, many of the judges from the "old System" remained in service.

The most Concrete, what is the summit, is the announcement of a development project, with the Visegrád countries and Germany, "reasons for Flight" want to fight in Morocco. Not just one of the main countries of origin of that great movement of Migration route on the Balkans, with the 2015 of until today, constant dispute began. But a symbolic act in the common action is significantly more than nothing, according to the escalations of the last years.

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