The new Danish Government has only been in office since last Thursday (27 June). Jeppe Kofod’s first official visit abroad was to Berlin today. Heiko Maas, who welcomed his new colleague at Villa Borsig, said that the visit was a sign of the exceptionally good relations between Germany and Denmark.
In addition to European and climate policy, bilateral relations were naturally a further important topic on the agenda. The two Foreign Ministers are patrons of the German-Danish Cultural Year of Friendship in 2020, which will commemorate the referendums of 1920 on the border between Denmark and Germany.
Even at the time, this was something special – a peaceful new order between two countries at the heart of a Europe scarred by war. It is good to pay tribute to this in a special way and to commemorate the past. In a series of events and projects, our aim will be to look to the future and to seek opportunities to underline what we have in common.
Commitment to Europe is something that Germany and Denmark share. For many years, both countries have been pursuing the same goal of a strong, sovereign and social Europe, as Europeans will only be strong enough to have a say in the world if they join forces. In this regard, Denmark is a role model for Foreign Minister Maas.
In Danish you are familiar with the Law of Jante, which states that no one should threaten a community’s success by being selfish. In European terms, this means that only together are we strong. That’s why it would do us good in Europe to put some Danish ideas into practice.