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In matters of diplomacy, every little detail saves a meaning. And the details of the fleeting step of Sanchez by Berlin, revealed a visit very different to the bilateral Merkel has kept in the past two weeks with Macron, Rutte and Conte , also for weaving the negotiations on the Fund for Reconstruction european.

The meeting did not take place this time in Meseberg, the rural palace of Brandenburg, a short half an hour from Berlin, in which Merkel receive guests with which you want to set a special atmosphere of closeness, more intimate and relaxed that the Chancellery of the German capital, always colder and more subject to protocol. In addition, on this occasion, the two heads of government were not brought before the press more than in a few succinct statements that did not admit questions , a level of lack of transparency is very unusual in the German government.

Without going any further, twenty-four hours before the arrival of Sanchez, Merkel and the Italian Conte spent a time clock, answering to journalists both German and Italian on their agreements and disagreements, in a leisurely exercise of sharpness own a speech in a family. Sanchez, however, found ways accurate and in the right tone for the approach. Not only flattered to the host acknowledging that it considered “a luck to have someone like chancellor Merkel to lead this critical time as we are living”, but also showed completely open to flexible positions with such that the Reconstruction Fund to be approved this month.

“Since then, the government of Spain will make all that is necessary to reach an agreement in the month of July . July must be the month of the agreement, because there will be no recovery if there is no unity and in that sense I think we have to dump all our efforts in it”, offered for the sake of a quick consensus, and warned against the positions closed ahead of countries such as Austria, whose chancellor, Sebastian Kurz , has declared that “there will be no union of debt with us.”

“I Am well aware that there is a very difficult bargaining ahead , there are conflicting interests and there are visions, too different from what should be the european project. And no one is better than another, all are legitimate. But the lesson that we draw from the decades of european construction is that the union has never been built based bans , but about a willingness to agree to and engage in dialogue,” Sanchez said.

Merkel, for her part, was sane in the need to close the agreement before of the end of the month. Sources from the ministry of Berín a glimpse of that, if this is not accomplished in the days 17 and 18 of July, perhaps we could convene another meeting heads of government before the summer break. “Time is of the essence,” insisted the German chancellor, who acknowledged that “there are still very distant” but not lost hope of “finding united solutions.”

During this brief appearance, Merkel did not mention even one of the points of friction. This Merkel is not the Frau Nein that we met in the previous crisis , to start, because Germany holds the presidency for the turn of the Union and adopt, as appropriate, a role more neutral, to build bridges. Among the suggestions for Spain, along with Italy, to convince the “frugal” Germany proposes that transfers be linked to national programmes of competitivid ad, or that the return of the debt in a period of 20 years, instead of the 30 that have been proposed by the European Commission. Merkel insists on the necessity of the clauses of control over what you will spend the money of the Fund of Reconstruction of the countries that benefit from it. It is at these points where you charge all your meaning that “Spain will do whatever is necessary to achieve a fast agreement” , in which one intuits the will of Sanchez, but not exactly at the will of its coalition partners.

Also trying to please, and surely he got that goal, Sanchez sang praises to the model of the social market economy of German, who in his exposure extended to the rest of Europe. “We have to anticipate many of the changes that have been accelerated” , said to paraphrase Merkel, “and if we will respond to them promptly will make our economies more resilient. For example, climate change. For example the scanning. And the preservation and strengthening of the single market, trade relations and the shared prosperity that we have built over these past years.”

The German chancellor, in contrast, omitted this, their own speech, and referred again and again to the latest proposal from Michel , from the European Council, to which the Spanish minister of Foreign affairs has been putting buts in public. Sanchez, finally, stood, historically, the crisis that has dragged us to the pandemic, surely, to justify the assignment that seems willing to do . “The chancellor often says that Germany is faced with its greatest challenge since the second World War,” he compared, “since then in Spain, we have not found a situation as unprecedented since the Civil War, in the last century”.