European Union: Europhiles create “Berlin Club”
21 March 2012
Gathered around Germany, "ten countries have formed the 'Berlin Club' to revive the European project," reports Spanish daily ABC following a dinner hosted in Berlin by German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle. The minister invited only those European Foreign Ministers considered to be "the most Europhile," from Poland, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Luxemburg, Spain, Denmark and France (the latter two did not attend). According to ABC, Westerwelle's goal is to –
... create a kind of 'club' committed to developing formulas that, in these times of crisis, will revive the ideal of a united Europe.
The group, which is scheduled to meet at least four more times, will discuss such issues as increased cooperation of fiscal and economic policies, efforts to stabilise growth and the euro, as well as border controls and security policies. The group will present its conclusions in a final document.
ABC notes that on March 9, during an informal meeting of European Foreign Ministers, Guido Westerwelle –
... was in favour of reopening the discussion on the need for a European Constitution, but there is no consensus on the subject among the 27 [member states].