Milei visits Germany: The chainsaw man within the Chancellery | EUROtoday

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Status: 23.06.2024 05:38 a.m.

Difficult go to for the Chancellor: Argentine President Javier Milei has introduced his attendance. A right-wing populist who represents fully completely different political positions than Olaf Scholz. Nevertheless, the alternate might be necessary.

Oliver Neuroth

Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit selected his phrases rigorously when requested concerning the go to of Argentine President Javier Milei on Friday. He doesn’t wish to trigger diplomatic unrest, however however needs to make it clear that this assembly won’t be a gathering between finest pals.

“In world politics, you can't choose who you're dealing with,” says Hebestreit with a poker face. But he then provides that relations between Germany and Argentina are good. As are relations with “almost all countries in the world.” The authorities spokesman's phrases are sober and pragmatic.

Milei is the person with the chainsaw. He held it as much as the cameras throughout his election marketing campaign and promised a radical restructuring of the state, economic system and society. His motto: the state ought to solely be liable for safety and justice. The right-wing populist needs to denationalise nearly all different state capabilities – such because the training system.

Nils Schmid doesn’t suppose a lot of it. The international coverage spokesman of the SPD within the Bundestag speaks in an interview with ARD Capital Studio of nice concern concerning the developments within the South American nation. Schmid expects a tough partnership between Germany and Argentina below a President Milei.

Challenging Meeting for Chancellor Scholz

Deborah Düring is much more specific. The Green Party's international coverage spokeswoman says that Milei is “diametrically opposed to our politics and our values” on many points. Düring calls on the Chancellor to deal with not solely Argentine home politics on the assembly with Milei, but in addition a key environmental concern within the nation: lithium mining. The uncooked materials is necessary for the manufacturing of batteries, for instance for electrical vehicles.

Argentina has the world's third-largest lithium reserves and may very well be an necessary associate for Germany on this space. The German authorities in the end needs to considerably advance e-mobility.

But Deborah Düring, in dialog with the ARD Capital Studio clear: no commerce at any value. “Interests in raw materials must never take precedence over our values, such as the question of human rights and environmental standards.” The Green politician due to this fact expects a difficult assembly for Chancellor Scholz.

Union events view Milei’s go to extra calmly

The CDU and CSU are extra relaxed concerning the go to. The events are dedicated to strengthening commerce relations with Argentina. Foreign coverage spokesman Jürgen Hardt is due to this fact defending President Milei in opposition to criticism. “He is keeping his promises,” says the CDU politician.

Hardt factors to surveys that present that the inhabitants's approval of Milei's insurance policies stays excessive. According to him, the right-wing populist is attempting to lastly deliver collectively the various free ends within the nation's financial and monetary coverage – in contrast to his predecessors. This has led to dramatic inflation in Argentina and large social issues.

“He wants to stop that – with clear positions against the policies of previous governments,” says Hardt in ARD-Interview. But he admits: Maybe Milei is a little more simplistic, extra audible and extra seen than many politicians in Europe.

Milei doesn’t want press convention with Scholz

In Berlin, Milei will in all probability be much less audible and visual. There can be no reception with navy honors and questions from journalists aren’t welcome.

The Federal Press Office has cancelled a press convention that was initially scheduled. This was carried out at Milei's request, says authorities spokesman Hebestreit. He speaks of a “clear refusal by the Argentine president to hold a press conference”. This request was complied with.

In any case, the German authorities is making ready for a really brief go to from Buenos Aires. It will final “just over an hour,” Hebestreit introduced. So there’s hardly any time for in-depth discussions within the Chancellery. But additionally not for any main escalation between the cool North German Scholz and the eccentric South American Milei.