Polish-German relations are close, despite differences - German president

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday during a joint conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is visiting Berlin, that he is very happy that relations between the two countries "are so close despite a difference of views".

Steinmeier announced that he will discuss European issues with the Polish president.

"Today's visit is above all an opportunity for us to make the Germans realise the significance of our important neighbour," the German president said.

He stressed that Tuesday's talks will also concern the marking of the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, both falling in 2019.

Steinmeier also made reference to the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) suspending laws regulating retirement in the Polish Supreme Court.

"I hope that the Polish government will find an appropriate way that will respect EU jurisdiction," Steinmeier said.

"We are bound by much more than what divides us,", the German president pointed out. "Yet, as we known there are differences of opinion on the issue that we will address today," he continued. According to Steinmeier, "it is not only a German concern, but a concern for the whole of Europe related to the reform of justice."

On October 19 the CJEU approved the European Commission's (EC's) motion to apply temporary measures and suspend application of the provision of Poland's Supreme Court laws which cut the retirement age for SN judges to 65 from 70.