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135 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Romania and Germany: A rich tradition, a dynamic present

Romania and Germany celebrate today 135 of diplomatic relations, but their ties are deeply rooted in history and date for centuries thanks to the immigration of the German speaking natives which started over 850 years ago. German minority’s interaction, contribution and participation within Romania’s political, economic and cultural life has always been very vivid and significant. Together with the Romanian community in Germany, the Germany minority in Romania represents a solid bridge and contributes to the creation of close relation between the two countries.

Sharing a common history given by the valuable human bonds linking them, Romania and Germany have been animated, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, by a joint political will for further developing their cooperation at all levels and in all fields.

The Romanian-German relations have seen a significant dynamics over the past years and have turned into a special partnership.

The special nature of this partnership has been recently underlined by Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu during his meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the side of the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in Brussels last December.

The two Ministers briefly reviewed the status and prospects of the bilateral relation and the recent outstanding progress made by bilateral contact on all levels, including on a sectoral level. Bogdan Aurescu proposed enhancing the dialogue between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, including by creating a periodic consultation mechanism on security topics.

Moreover, the two interlocutors emphasized the excellent economic cooperation with an increased trade dynamics in the last years. Germany is Romania’s first trade partner and the third foreign investor.

In 2014, for the first time, Romanian exports to the German market reached 10 billion euros, while bilateral trade exceeded 20 billion euros. Thus, approximately 20 percent of Romania’s foreign trade has Germany as partner.

Mr. Aurescu and Mr. Steinmeier are expected to continue their talks on these topics on the occasion of the forthcoming visit to Romania to be paid by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In addition, a new occasion to explore new opportunities to enhance and deepen the Romanian-German partnership within an united, strong and secure Europe will take place soon, by the end of this month, when President Klaus Iohannis will pay a visit to Berlin upon the invitation of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

 

 

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