Ireland Talks in Rome: Pope Francis receives Armin Laschet

10:05  01 october  2020
10:05  01 october  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) will be received by Pope Francis on Thursday (10 a.m.) in Rome. After the private audience in the Vatican, Laschet has an appointment with Cardinal State Secretary Pietro Parolin, who is responsible for the foreign policy and diplomatic activities of the Holy See. Laschet is applying for the CDU chairmanship and is considered a possible candidate for Union Chancellor.

NRW-Ministerpräsident Armin Laschet (CDU) © AFP NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU)

It is the second time that Laschet has been received by Pope Francis. A private audience in May 2018 focused on the peaceful coexistence of religions, the situation in the Middle East and Syria, and the refugee issue. It is the third meeting of the Prime Minister with a Pope: In 2004 Laschet met the then Pope John Paul II as part of the Charlemagne Prize award ceremony. At that time John Paul II was recognized in Rome for his outstanding work for the unity of Europe, the preservation of its values ​​and the message of peace.

Later on Thursday (4 p.m.) Laschet wants to meet the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. As in the conversation with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte the day before, the economic development of Europe in connection with the corona pandemic should play just as much a role as the proposals of the EU Commission on asylum policy. The occasion of the trip is the celebrations for the Day of German Unity in the German embassies at the Holy See and Italy, where North Rhine-Westphalia is the partner state. (dpa)

“Long overdue”: North Rhine-Westphalia wants to raise the income limit for mini jobs to 530 euros .
The North Rhine-Westphalian state government is calling for the income limit for mini jobs to be raised from 450 to 530 euros per month. The move is part of a federal council initiative by the state to reduce bureaucracy, which Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) and Minister of Economic Affairs Andreas Pinkwart (FDP) presented in Berlin on Tuesday. The increase in the earnings limit, which has remained unchanged since 2013, is "long overdue," said Pinkwart.

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