Ms. Daniela Schadt, Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Ms. Jenni Haukio. Copyright © Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met Joachim Gauck, the Federal President of Germany, on Wednesday 8 October during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Topics discussed by the Presidents included the following: the Ukraine crisis, Russia, the security situation in Europe and energy solutions.
After the discussions, the Presidents visited the book fair together with their spouses, Mrs Jenni Haukio and Mrs Daniela Schadt. President Niinistö told President Gauck of his pride in the honour accorded to Finland as the theme country at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest event in the book trade.
President Niinistö spoke at the Fair’s opening ceremony on Tuesday 7 October. In Frankfurt, he also met Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Feldmann, the Mayor of Frankfurt, and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. In addition, he made a speech at a seminar on economic relations between Finland and Germany.
Mrs Jenni Haukio, the President of the Republic’s spouse and Programme Director of the Turku International Book Fair, conveyed her greetings at a Finnish tango evening and a seminar for translators of Finnish literature.