Angela Merkel, awarded with the Carlos V European Award

The European Academy and Ibero-American Foundation of Yuste has distinguished the Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Carlos V European Award for its European.

Angela Merkel, awarded with the Carlos V European Award

The European Academy and Ibero-American Foundation of Yuste has distinguished the Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Carlos V European Award for its European. She is the second German leader who, behind Helmut Kohl, receives this award. He will be delivered to him in the presence of the kings and the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, on October 14 in Yuste. The Chancellor will have already lost executive powers, although she will be at the forefront of the Executive, waiting for the formations that will attend the elections of September 26 negotiate a new coalition of government.

The German Chancellor Award is an "recognition of its long political trajectory at the service of Europe, having been a strong advocate of the European integration process and the important strategic role of Europe at the International Concert," said the Jury of the Foundation.

The President of the Executive Committee of the Foundation, Rosa Balas, said that the award of the Merkel Award coincides with its goodbye as a chancellor after 16 years at the forefront of the Government of Germany. "Merkel is a key figure to understand the history of Europe in these last lustrians in which the continent and the world have faced great economic, social and humanitarian challenges, to Brexit, where for the first time a country has abandoned the community club , and finally, the crisis of the Covid-19, which is throwing us the greatest and greatest pulse we could imagine, "he said.

Spain says goodbye with the award to the chancellor with all the honors, although Spain does not apparently have much to thank the European partner. The Merkel, as is popularly called in this country, the most powerful woman in the European Union, the ruler with which others are measured, the one that sails for common financial austerity, decides what is distributed or believed , like the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, which was possible to create a free trade space of Lisbon to Vladivostok and has always looked more like this than south.

Not even Italy, the third EU economy and the main commercial partner of Germany in the EU has had for Merkel the political weight that corresponded as such. Outside Silvio Berlusconi, Mario Monti, Matteo Renzi or Guiseppe Conte, none became part of the EU's hard core. Too many changes, too much uncertainty for a woman who is governed by the principle of stability. Consensus before confrontation, coalition with opposition before minority minority and early elections. Nor José María Aznar or Mariano Rajoy managed to establish a privileged relationship with the German Chancellor, even forming part of the same European popular family. With Pedro Sánchez she seems to be more empathy, but Merkel calls before Elisha than Moncloa. The Bilateral German-Spanish Summit provided for by 2019 in Madrid, after a 5-year-old parenthesis, never celebrated.

Spain has taken out its interests and the last ones have been the substantial Next GENERATION funds forming pressure with their southern neighbors. And if by Germany outside, the European pact on migration and asylum, of vital importance for Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta, which are in the first line of arrival of migrants, would also be left, as it is blocked.

Merkel has reigned in Europe because Germany is the economic locomotive of Europe and has embodied European integration as a political fruit that is in its country of unification. The 16 years of government is 16 years of European history, with the lights of her and the shadows of her, but those of her. She has been the first chancellor and, for the union, the "mother", the sail that endured financial, social and health crises. So much so, that the consultant Eurasia has qualified the Era Merkel as one of the main risks for the continent in 2021.

It is justice the reputation that the chancellor has been carved outside of Germany. According to a survey conducted by the YouGov Group last August, 78% of the Spaniards, for example, have a good opinion of Merkel, although after the hard years of the 2008 crisis the percentage that qualified the austere selfish chancellor It was similar. In Denmark, Merkel's popularity is 75%, in France of 67% and Sweden 64%. In the United Kingdom, however, Merkel only arouses sympathy by 46% of British.

The Carlos V Award is the recognition of one of the main European political figures so far as century. Ensuring Germany's stability has given EU stability and therefore also a future to Spain. She brought forward the Lisbon Treaty that she has ruled from 2009 the functioning of the EU and without her there would have not been some of the reforms that the Club of the Twenty-Setete needs.

Merkel leaves, however, the policy with the EU legs above. The populism that brought the refugee crisis of 2015 came to stay. The countries of the East whom she opened the door to proportionate her democratization by including them in the European project, are in the hands of authoritarian governments faced with Brussels. The monetary union remains incomplete and leaves the second European engine, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, mutilated by the reluctance of him to support his progress proposals and that includes the common defense project (fish).

About the European Europe, the former president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who knows the Chancellor well, declared that Helmut Kohl "had Europe in the bowels and sometimes in the head; Merkel has always had Europe on the head and sometimes it drops to the bowels. "

Updated Date: 04 September 2021, 10:56

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