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Spain PM meets with German Chancellor in Berlin to discuss EU agenda

Berlin, Dec 9 (EFE).- Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez met with German chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Saturday.

Spain is entering the final weeks of its European Council presidency, which rotates between EU member states every six months.

“I met in Berlin with the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, to go over key issues on the European agenda such as the reform of fiscal rules or the Migration and Asylum Pact, on which we are making significant progress under the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU,” Sánchez said in a message on X (formerly Twitter).

“Germany is a key partner for Spain at the bilateral, European and international level to continue improving the lives of our fellow citizens,” he added.

The meeting between the two took place at the congress center where Scholz’s annual Social Democratic Party (SPD) convention is being held this weekend.

Sánchez, of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) is due to give a speech to the approximately 600 delegates.

A German government spokesman, Wolfgang Büchner, said on Friday in Berlin that the bilateral meeting between Scholz and Sánchez would address preparations for the European Council summit next week in Brussels, the last of the year.

Before meeting with Sánchez, Scholz gave a speech to the SPD Congress in which he highlighted the achievements of his government in the face of challenges such as the end of the Covid pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent energy price crisis.

“We have brought Germany out of this winter. We still have this task and we are still fulfilling it,” he said.

He also promised that, despite the budget crisis, there would be no welfare cuts in Germany.

Scholz, who heads a coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals, is embroiled in one of the worst crises of his two years in office, after a Constitutional Court ruling slashed at least 17 billion euros from next year’s budgets. EFE

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