Europe

German, Polish leaders take conciliatory tone amid tensions

The foreign ministers of Germany and Poland have taken a conciliatory tone with each other as they met amid heightened tensions between their neighboring nations.

Calling each other by their first names, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Witold Waszczykowski stressed what unites their countries at a news conference Thursday in Warsaw.

Waszczykowski called his German counterpart a "friend of Poland" more than once and ended the news briefing with warm birthday greetings for Steinmeier, who turned 60 earlier this month.

It was the first visit by Steinmeier to Poland since the right-wing Law and Justice party took power in November.

Some German officials have criticized Poland for its resistance to accepting migrants and for a new political direction seen as violating the rule of law, sparking anti-German rhetoric by some Polish officials.