Following talks with his counterpart José Manuel García-Margallo, Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier opened the new building of the German School in the Spanish capital.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier stressed during his trip to Madrid on Friday (9 October) how close the relations between Germany and Spain have become. Steinmeier also spoke with the Spanish Foreign Minister García-Margallo about current political issues such as the migration of refugees and the situation in eastern Ukraine, Syria and Libya.
Referring to Spain’s almost 30‑year long membership of the EU, Steinmeier praised the path the country had followed, saying it was impressive and had commanded respect throughout Europe. In a joint press conference, he stressed:
We need a strong Spanish partner in Europe in order to master the challenges of our time.
A strong Spanish partner in Europe needed
Afterwards, Steinmeier opened the new building of the German School in Madrid. He was accompanied by Spanish Culture Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo, a former pupil of the school, who made a speech in German. In his opening address, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said to the pupils: “Seize the opportunity you’ve been given at this special school. Remain inquisitive! Stand up for the European values which you experience here every day at school: for solidarity and humanity. Go out and live this Europe! Live it here, live it in other Spanish cities, in Germany or elsewhere in the world, but: live it! Shape Europe. It’s your future!”