Friendship and mutual respect are the defining elements of the political, economic and social relationships between Romania and Germany that serve as a model for coexistence and cooperation in Europe, reads a joint declaration of Romania and Germany’s foreign ministers released on the 25th anniversary of the bilateral friendly cooperation treaty between the two countries.
The declaration calls the treaty a cornerstone in the political, economic and cultural cooperation between Romania and Germany.
“The ties between our countries are diversified and close, grounded in a shared cultural heritage and particularly close interpersonal relations. Thus in time, particularly in key moments in history, Romania’s German minority has left its imprint in a substantive manner and contributed to the appreciation enjoyed by Romania inside Germany. At the same time, many Romanian nationals living in Germany have enriched the close ties between our two countries. This daily interaction between Romanians and Germans, between people of various identities in both countries is impressive illustration of how harmonious and natural [ethnic] coexistence can be in Europe,” reads the joint declaration.
Germany, it is said, has closely supported Romania’s European journey.
“Since Romania joined the European Union ten years ago, the two countries have been closely cooperating to consolidate values underpinning the European Union: respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. As far as common security and defence goes, our countries’ NATO membership proves that we are part of a strong and solidary community.”
The ministers go on to say that Europe provides a common future and an “indispensable framework for action.”
“The European Union is the guarantor of security and prosperity in a sustainable social Europe that plays an essential part in the world and that creates increasingly closer connections between our countries and societies based on shared values. We are hereby reconfirming our commitments to the European design, a design of peace and freedom, of democracy and the rule of law that has led to the development of the most important common economic space enjoying unprecedented social security. Together, we want to contribute toward the preservation of this unique historical project and steer it toward the future, toward a sure and prosperous Europe that is also competitive and socially responsible,” reads the joint ministerial declaration.