On his first official visit to Madrid, Foreign Minister Maas will be focusing not only on bilateral relations but also on Spain and Germany’s commitment to the European Union.
On Sunday evening (25 November), Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Madrid for his first official visit. He has a full programme:
As well as holding political talks with Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and the President of the Spanish Senate, Maas will be talking to German business representatives about Spain’s economic recovery and visiting the German Vocational School FEDA, where he will talk to the instructors about the prospects for young Spaniards. Youth unemployment levels remain high in Spain. In order to reduce them for the long term, Germany is actively supporting its European partner in the field of dual vocational training.
Partnership for Europe
The meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister will focus on the future of Europe. Germany and Spain want to intensify their cooperation in the European Union. As well as the Brexit agreement, for which Spain plays an important role in view of Gibraltar, Foreign Minister Maas wants to discuss the further development of the Monetary Union and the Common Foreign and Security Policy with his Spanish counterpart. With its traditionally close ties to North Africa and Latin America, Spain is an important partner in the EU’s common foreign policy.
Looking to Germany’s forthcoming membership of the United Nations Security Council, the Ministers will also be discussing international cooperation.
An important Topic: migration
Morocco and Spain are 14 kilometres apart, and the crossing takes only 35 minutes. Spain’s geographical situation makes it an important partner in the search for future solutions to migration to the European Union and in global migration policy issues. Like the German Government, the Spanish Government supports the Global Compact for Migration to be adopted in Morocco in December.
Discussion on Europe
At the end of the visit, Foreign Minister Maas and his Spanish colleague will together be advocating for the European Union. In a Europe dialogue at the Complutense University of Madrid, an institution with a long and rich history, they will be discussing the future of the EU with Spanish students and Researchers.