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Diplomats from EU's founding 6 meet in Berlin to talk Brexit

  • Members of the youth organizations of Germany's Social Democratic Party and the Green Party attend a event to support the European Union in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Members of the youth organizations of Germany's Social Democratic Party and the Green Party attend a event to support the European Union in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Foreign Ministers from EU's founding six, from left to right,  Didier Reynders from Belgium, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Jean Asselborn from Luxembourg, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, walk through the park of the Foreign Ministry's guest house Villa Borsig during a meeting to talk about Brexit in Berlin, Saturday, June 25, 2016.  Top diplomats from the European Union's six founding nations met in Berlin on Saturday for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Foreign Ministers from EU's founding six, from left to right, Didier Reynders from Belgium, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Jean Asselborn from Luxembourg, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, walk through the park of the Foreign Ministry's guest house Villa Borsig during a meeting to talk about Brexit in Berlin, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Top diplomats from the European Union's six founding nations met in Berlin on Saturday for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Netherlands' Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, from left, attend talks about the so-called Brexit at the Villa Borsig in Berlin on June 25, 2016. Foreign ministers of the six founding states of the European Union met to discuss the bloc's future in the wake of Britain's decision to leave. (John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

    Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Netherlands' Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, from left, attend talks about the so-called Brexit at the Villa Borsig in Berlin on June 25, 2016. Foreign ministers of the six founding states of the European Union met to discuss the bloc's future in the wake of Britain's decision to leave. (John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Top diplomats from the European Union's original six founding nations are meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. He was heading into meetings Saturday with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Steinmeier says EU politicians must listen "to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people."

He cautioned against rash decisions, saying that "it's totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis."

Steinmeier's office says the meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn't be seen as "an exclusive format."