Slovak Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle will open the new school year at a German school in Bratislava on Friday, September 2. The opening will take place during an official visit to Slovakia by Westerwelle, the TASR newswire reported, citing the Slovak ministry's press department. The educational facility is described in Slovakia’s list of schools as a private school with an international focus.
Dzurinda and Westerwelle will also hold talks concerning the future and stability of the eurozone and the prospects for Greece, the Eastern Partnership, Ukraine, Belarus and the Western Balkans. "In light of the great intensity of bilateral ties, the year 2011 can be called the German year in Slovak foreign policy," said the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry. German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Slovakia in February when the 20th anniversary of the Visegrad Four grouping was celebrated. German President Christian Wulff is set to make an official visit to Slovakia in September.
Westerwelle will also meet Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič. Both officials will then set off for a Gymnich informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers due to take place in the Polish cities of Sopot and Gdansk on September 2-3. The meeting owes its name to the German castle at which the first such meeting was held in 1974. At these sessions, ministers engage in informal talks on international affairs but do not issue a communiqué.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Sep 2011 at 10:00