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The Argentine president's first go to to Scholz lasted simply 60 minutes. They agreed on the problems of commerce and Ukraine. But the chancellor additionally made their variations clear.

A self-proclaimed “anarcho-capitalist” within the Chancellery: During a one-hour dialog with Argentine President Javier Milei, Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed phrases of warning to the eccentric radical reformer, who even appeared with a blaring chainsaw throughout the election marketing campaign.

According to authorities spokesman Steffen Hebestreit, Scholz emphasised that social compatibility and the safety of social cohesion ought to be an vital benchmark within the president's robust austerity measures.

However, the ultra-liberal Milei doesn’t consider in social safety techniques and redistribution. In his eyes, taxes are theft and efforts to attain social justice at all times result in extra injustice, he’s satisfied. “The state is not the solution, but the problem,” is one in every of his mantras.

The dialog lasted solely 60 minutes as deliberate. A joint press convention initially introduced by Scholz and Milei was cancelled at brief discover, as was the reception with army honours – on the request of the Argentine president, in accordance with the German facet. The solely joint public look was a brief photograph alternative throughout the handshake greeting in entrance of the Chancellery.

“Get rid of Milei”: Protests in entrance of the Chancellery

In entrance of the federal government headquarters, a number of dozen demonstrators protested towards the go to with indicators comparable to “Out with Milei” and “Argentina is not for sale.” They chanted “Milei, scum – you are the dictatorship.”

Argentina is in recession and suffers from a bloated state equipment, low industrial productiveness and a big shadow financial system that deprives the state of quite a lot of tax income. The ultra-liberal president needs to get the as soon as wealthy nation again on observe with a radical austerity program.

However, this comes at a worth: the robust measures are choking off financial output. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is anticipating a decline of two.8 % this yr. According to the Catholic University of Argentina, nearly 56 % of individuals in Argentina reside under the poverty line and round 18 % reside in excessive poverty.

Conclusion of the EU-Mercosur settlement referred to as for

Scholz and Milei additionally spoke concerning the financial relations between the 2 international locations. According to Hebestreit, each advocated the speedy conclusion of the 25-year-old talks on a free commerce zone between the European Union and the South American Mercosur affiliation of states, which incorporates Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. The settlement would create one of many world's largest free commerce zones with greater than 700 million inhabitants. However, a fundamental settlement from 2019 is not going to be carried out attributable to ongoing issues – for instance about rainforest safety.

Scholz and Milei had been additionally on the identical web page with regard to the Russian conflict of aggression towards Ukraine. Both agreed “that Russia has it in its power to end the war of aggression against Ukraine,” defined Hebestreit.

Eccentric pretends to be tame

The head of state of South America's second-largest financial system, which is a part of the G20 group of crucial industrial and rising international locations, is taken into account an eccentric and is usually in comparison with former US President Donald Trump. He likes to confer with parliamentarians as “rats” and the state is the basis of all evil for him. During his two-day go to to Germany, nevertheless, he was moderately tame.

He had already arrived in Germany on Saturday and obtained the medal of the liberal Friedrich August von Hayek Society in Hamburg for his radical market reforms – within the presence of AfD politician Beatrix von Storch and the chairman of the right-wing conservative Values ​​Union, Hans-Georg Maaßen. “You are bringing capitalism out of the defensive,” mentioned the chairman of the economists' affiliation, Stefan Kooths, in his laudation.

Milei defended his reforms with the next phrases: “It was always clear that this would not be without hardships, but we always communicated that clearly to people,” mentioned Milei in his moderately prolonged lecture to the Hayek Society. “We said that there would be no money, that it would be hard, that it would be difficult to start with, but that we would eventually achieve good results.”

“Long live freedom, damn it”

However, anybody who had hoped for a fiery speech from the enfant horrible of Argentine politics in Hamburg was prone to be disenchanted. Milei spoke for round an hour about his enthusiasm for the financial considering of the Austrian School, his rise from TV professional to backbencher in parliament to go of state, and his imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Argentina.

The 53-year-old at all times oscillates between extremes in his public appearances. Sometimes he performs the eccentric showman, working across the stage, shouting and gesticulating. Then once more he provides bone-dry financial lectures. At least on the finish of his discourse in Hamburg he reconciled the 200 or so invited company together with his typical farewell system: “Long live freedom, damn it.”

Milei visits memorial to murdered Jews of Europe

In Berlin, he additionally visited the Holocaust Memorial. A photograph printed by the Presidential Office confirmed him gazing reverently on the gray steles subsequent to the Brandenburg Gate. The Argentinean president grew up Catholic, however has been very keen on Judaism for years. During a go to to Israel, he prayed on the Wailing Wall, he made a pilgrimage to the grave of the well-known Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson in New York, and depends on the recommendation of an Orthodox Jewish cleric in non secular issues. Milei is taken into account a decided ally of Israel and unreservedly helps the insurance policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's authorities within the Gaza conflict.

Before Scholz, solely 4 heads of state and authorities have obtained Milei since he took workplace six months in the past: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele and Pope Francis as head of state of the Vatican. Milei skipped the standard journeys for Argentine presidents to vital neighboring international locations comparable to Brazil and Chile attributable to ideological variations. He has already been to the USA a number of occasions – however with out an appointment on the White House. Instead, he met with Tesla boss Elon Musk and former President Trump.