The question of Angela Merkel Alberto Fernández: “What is peronism?”


Direct and with a pinch of humor, Angela Merkel wanted to ask you that for many (both inside and outside of Argentina) does not have a strong response. “doWhat is peronism? The truth is that I don’t understand. What are from the left or right?”, out -words more, words less, – the head of government of a more powerful Europe.

Alberto Fernandez smiled and took a few minutes of the almost two hours that you will spread the dinner on the seventh floor of the chancellery German to choose his words, aware that in the old continent and in other corners of the planet, the justicialismo just means “populism”. When he finished explaining his vision -that the republicans are the ones who best manage the economy and the State in Argentina – Merkel turned to surprise.

You seem very open.
-Yes, but I am very clear who I represent, ” answered the president of argentina.

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The negotiation of argentina’s debt -the details of which the President delegated the minister of Economy Martín Guzmán – occupied a good part of the dialogue, but the chancellor also wanted to exhaust other concerns.

The name of Cristina Kirchner, whom Merkel knew how to treat, also slipped into the conversation. The chancellor said, according to trust some of the witnesses of the meeting, which, beyond the forms, they had always agreed on the issues with the former president. Fernandez made him come to you the greetings of the brand-new vice, with whom I chatted for the afternoon and, once again, at the last minute.

The President, who met Merkel in 2005, during the Vienna Summit that served to relaunch the negotiations for the agreement between EU and Mercosur -a detail which he himself reminded him in the elevator just arrived at the ministry of foreign affairs – reaffirmed its printing. Beyond appearances, believes that Merkel is “warm” and “keen”.

From the beginning of the meeting, the hostess was the one who took the initiative. Received to the President, the 20, at the entrance to the imposing building known as “the washing machine” and waved to each one of the members of the delegation of argentina. He was the first who spoke during the joint press statement and that he proposed the toast “by Germany and Argentina.” Fernandez, who does not usually drink, accompanied with white wine.

The chancellor asked the President for the political situation of the region in general and the particular cases of Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela. “One of the problems of Latin America is that the rich do not want to pay anything,” he reflected -according to sources of the delegation of argentina – the leader of the CDU, which in 2021 will leave the power after 17 years.

On the situation in Bolivia, Merkel recalled that he had met Evo Morales and recalled the words of his teacher, the former chancellor Helmut Kohl. “As he said, in politics, there are to judge by the results and Evo had results,” he said. The Chairman agreed and explained his view that Argentina had not had a crisis as the rest of the countries of the region because he had had an escape valve: the elections

Dinner -in which they tasted rabbit meat, stuffed tomatoes, salads and chocolate marquise – participated 5 funcionares German and 5 from argentina: the chancellor Felipe Soláthe secretary of Strategic Affairs Gustavo Belizthe secretary-General of the Presidency Julio VitobelloGuzmán and ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado; but in almost all times be limited to be witnesses of the conversation between Merkel and her guest.

As well as the name of Merkel, had emerged during the conversation between the President and the Pope Friday at the Vatican, when the pontiff praised the chancellor, the name of Francisco was present at the talk.

-The only thing I don’t understand is why he still did not come to Germany- asked Merkel.
-Do not worry, nor was it to Argentina and that that is an argentine – joked the president, before explaining that the Pope would prefer to go to countries most disadvantaged.

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