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

Euronews - Jan 19, 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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