Despite Shared Trade and Climate Goals, Germany’s Ties to Latin America Remain Limited

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Argentine President Mauricio Macri attend a press conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 8, 2017 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Argentine President Mauricio Macri attend a press conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 8, 2017 (AP photo by Natacha Pisarenko).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Argentina and Mexico earlier this month in advance of the G-20 summit meeting scheduled to take place in Hamburg in July. While discussing trade and investment between Latin America and Europe, she also offered a subtle rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump, extolling the virtues of the Paris climate agreement and cooperation in an “interconnected world.” In an email interview, Dr. Claudia Zilla, head of research for the Americas at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, discusses Germany’s current engagement with Latin America and the areas in which it could deepen. […]

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