‘Politically close’ Macron and Sánchez hope for diplomatic reset at Barcelona summit

Euronews - 19/01/2023

“For Spain, it is about to start its presidency of the European Union. To ensure that this is successful, closer ties with France will help,” said Héctor Sánchez Margalef, a researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). “Obviously, the reason that this summit is happening in Barcelona has to do with energy and the recent deal to build a pipeline between Barcelona and Marseille,” he added. Since coming to power in 2019, Sánchez has tried to have a more ambitious international policy than previous Spanish leaders. A closer relationship with France will help Madrid to establish Spain as among the club of Europe’s most important states, argued Sánchez Margalef.

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