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EU Foreign Minister

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the German Chancellor on proposals for an EU Foreign Minister. (134754)

I have had regular discussions with my German colleagues during their presidency. So too has my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, who met Chancellor Merkel most recently on 24 April.

Our discussions cover many issues, including the way forward on institutional reform. There is no consensus at present among EU partners on this issue. We will discuss it at the European Council in June.