Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has called on Germany to adopt a more modest and careful approach in its European policy. In an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel, Mr. Schwarzenberg said that smaller EU countries felt taken aback by the private meetings between German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nikolas Sarkozy. It was not appropriate for these two big countries to discuss issues amongst themselves and then merely inform other EU member states of their decisions, he said. He also criticized Germany for presenting itself as a role model for the rest of Europe. He added that this was no time for small-mindedness in EU politics. The interview with the Czech politician will be published in Germany on Monday.
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