Ardern meets Merkel

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved on from France to Germany to meet chancellor Angela Merkel.

RNZ: Merkel, Ardern discuss threats to world order

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has concluded “warm and engaging” talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to strengthen ties with one of the most powerful and experienced leaders in Europe.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues in their first meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, including the various pressures threatening the world order.

At a joint conference after the meeting, Ms Merkel said they’d discussed Brexit, the ongoing tensions with Russia and the recent military action in Syria.

“We are very grateful New Zealand has taken a very clear stance on all these issues,” she said.

Ms Ardern appeared to slightly strengthen her language on the US-led air strikes on Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack, saying she “utterly” accepted the need to respond to “a blatant breach of international law”.

“Whilst we absolutely maintain the need to – first and foremost – seek resolution through the likes of the United Nations, when that is not possible, we utterly accept the use of alternative means to address what has to be challenged.”

Ms Ardern described the German chancellor as “extremely thoughtful” and thanked her for her strong support for beginning negotiations for an EU-NZ trade deal.

In January last year, Dr Merkel pledged to push the EU to work towards a quick trade accord after meeting then-Prime Minister Bill English.

Germany’s support is important for negotiating an NZ -EU trade deal, and President Macron has also just indicated French support.

Dr Merkel was asked how the meeting had gone – to which Ms Ardern quipped, “they want to know if you found me likeable”.

Really? Cringe.

The German chancellor said the time had flown and the conversation had been fun.

“You can be proud of your Prime Minister. If you want to write this down for the New Zealand press. This will be the headline in the morning papers I trust.”

It didn’t make the RNZ headline but it waste some space in the article.

8 Comments

  1. I notice that according to British papers, the next politician Mr Macron is going to meet is Nigel Farage. And it will be a big banquet, showing where priorities are for Macron. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/04/16/nigel-farage-emmanuel-macron-eus-poster-child-have-lunch/

  2. David

     /  April 18, 2018

    OMG she is cringeworthy on the world stage. Reading between the lines it looks like Merkel gave her some “advice” on her very weak approach to Russia and Syria but there was still the usual waffle about multilateral approach,s and working through the UN, sometimes when you are a leader you have to lead not constantly rummage around for slogans and bumper stickers.

    • Gezza

       /  April 18, 2018

      Sometimes it pays not to just suck up to the US & accept whatever they say is true & whatever they do is right. I’m thinking here of their attacking Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq. The last two in particular have seen them & just about everyone they sucked still mired in the shit spending billions to stay there, killing innocents, & losing soldiers lives for no benefit at all & has also provoked Islamic terrorist attacks & the threat of it all over Europe. Jacinda is getting this right.

  3. Missy

     /  April 18, 2018

  4. Zedd

     /  April 18, 2018

    good to see Jacinda is focusing on meetings in EU, rather than ‘Trumpland’ (to be avoided methinks) 🙂

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 18, 2018

    Angela Merkel would have to say that, she can’t say what a bimbo or MCP another country’s PM is. It’s arrogant to say that about the headlines, though, as if there’s nothing more important than her words.She’s flattering herself.