Argentina is currently undergoing a period of change. The new Government under President Macri has been in office for seven months and has launched an ambitious reform programme, which has sparked heated debate in the country. One month ago, Foreign Minister Steinmeier was a guest at the President’s palace in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. On Tuesday evening (5 July) on his return visit, the Argentine President was received at Villa Borsig in Tegel.
During his last trip to Argentina in early June, Foreign Minister Steinmeier expressed a keen interest in "strengthening the bridge between Germany and Argentina". Steinmeier travelled to Buenos Aires in early June with a large delegation comprising members of the Bundestag, business people, academics and representatives from the cultural sphere with the aim of tapping and developing the vast potential offered by bilateral relations in the areas of business, culture and politics. President Macri received the German Foreign Minister and his delegation in person at the presidential palace, Casa Rosada.
On his trip to Berlin, President Macri was therefore accompanied by a large delegation of entrepreneurs and business representatives as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Malcorra and the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires. In the evening, after being welcomed by President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel, the President met Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Villa Borsig, where the focus of the talks was the expansion of business relations.
Supporting the path towards a new future
In his speech to the German‑Argentine chamber of commerce in Buenos Aires in June, Steinmeier had already stressed that the new Argentine Government had reached an agreement with its creditors "with impressive speed" and thereby found its way back into the international financial markets. He went on to say: "German business is also supporting Argentina on this path."
Argentina’s reforms are, however, not uncontroversial. In talks with his counterpart Malcorra during his trip to Buenos Aires, Foreign Minister Steinmeier shared Germany's experiences with reform efforts in a difficult economic climate at the start of the new millennium. With regard to Argentina’s current efforts, Steinmeier therefore emphasised that to be successful, it was important also to try to maintain the social balance.