President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Finnish Parliament on Monday, 17 September. The guest was welcomed by Paula Risikko, Speaker of Parliament. In the meeting, Steinmeier and Risikko discussed the European Union and bilateral relations.
Steinmeier expressed his concern about the future of the European Union and the state of democracy. According to Steinmeier, the EU is currently facing a crisis, which emphasises the importance of bilateral relations. Finland and Germany share common concerns, one of which is the objective of surpassing the crisis of the EU.
Risikko also feels that bilateral relations play a key role. The EU partnership with Germany is vitally important to Finland. Risikko praised the excellent relationship and cooperation between Finland and Germany. She also reminded the listeners that the German market plays a central role in the Finnish economy.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Tuula Haatainen and Representatives Antti Kaikkonen (Centre Party), Wille Rydman (National Coalition Party), Simon Elo (Blue Reform), Mats Löfström (Swedish People's Party) and Sari Essayah (Christian Democratic Party).