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Mexico closer to Germany

Merkel's agenda in her visit to our country was not limited to political and economic issues, but instead included issues such as environment, migration and refugees, as well as corruption, transparency, organized crime and the defenselessness of journalists in Mexico
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11/06/2017
09:40
Mexico City
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Mexico and Germany share 137 years of diplomatic relations. In all this time, both countries have naturally undergone great changes, giving way, each in its own manner, to their current economic modernity and cultural and commercial dynamism.

The two countries are also united by multiple links, as it was possible to see during the year 2016 when the Mexico-Germany Dual Year was celebrated. Its opening took, in April of that year, President Enrique Peña Nieto to German soil in search of strengthening political, economic and cultural cooperation and achieving common objectives at the multilateral level.

Germany and Mexico have a strong relationship based on friendship and mutual understanding, as reaffirmed yesterday by the head of the Mexican government before his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel, visiting Mexico from Friday to yesterday. "The two countries - said Peña Nieto - must work hand in hand”.

Something relevant is that Merkel's agenda in her visit to our country was not limited to political and economic issues, but instead included issues such as environment, migration and refugees, as well as corruption, transparency, organized crime and the defenselessness of journalists in Mexico as well as the impunity in which most of the cases of attacks against the press remain. It is "vital" to punish aggressions against communicators, she said.

Merkel also stated that "only when the great empires succeed in agreeing and having good relations with their neighbors, only then, they succeed", a message that added to the declarations of President Peña Nieto in defense of free trade, has a clear target: US President Donald Trump and his protectionist and anti-immigrant policies.

For the time being, along with the visit of the German chancellor to Mexico, head of the government of one of the world's greatest powers, comes the signing of four agreements with our country; something that, if done right, will certainly benefit Mexicans in different areas.

Yesterday, before Mexican and German businessmen, President Peña Nieto stressed that Mexico has looked at the German mirror of dedication to work, the value of education and productivity as a path to well-being. In that sense, in the midst of "Trump era", and with all the new, but not necessarily positive, things that may come for our nation, we would do well in Mexico to strengthen our relationship with Germany, a democratically consolidated country than we could to learn a lot from.

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