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President Pahor honours German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service

Brdo pri Kranju, 5. 10. 2021 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, in Brdo pri Kranju.

President Pahor honours German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

President Pahor conferred on Chancellor Merkel the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service, the highest decoration of the Republic of Slovenia, for her invaluable contribution to deepening the comprehensive relations between the Republic of Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Germany and for her credible European leadership.

Angela Merkel is ending her term as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany after 16 years in office. During this time, the Republic of Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Germany have developed excellent and friendly relations in many areas of common interest. The two countries are strategic, political and economic partners and allies and share similar views on important international issues. The volume of trade between Slovenia and Germany, as Slovenia’s most important foreign trade partner, amounted to nearly 11 million euros in the past year.

President Pahor also awarded Chancellor Merkel for her credible European leadership. Angela Merkel, in President Pahor's view, does what is most difficult in politics: she inspires confidence in people, makes them feel that everything will turn out well. However, this skill is not due to talent, but is acquired through work, success and leading by example. Chancellor Merkel has always found solutions by seeking compromise and pursuing dialogue even with the toughest and most difficult counterparts. The Chancellor, who is credited with being extremely pragmatic, has also proven herself as a far-sighted politician with responsible visions. There is one thing that underlines all of the above: an unwavering belief in a common European future.

President Pahor worked with Chancellor Merkel when he was the Prime Minister – the Chancellor paid an official visit to Slovenia in 2011 at his invitation, and on that occasion, Slovenia and Germany adopted the Declaration on enhanced cooperation in areas of common interest. With this political declaration, the two countries reaffirmed the excellent partnership that has developed since Slovenia became an independent state. All this time, Germany has been one of Slovenia's most important political and economic partners.

As part of their cooperation in the Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Slovenia and Germany, both during the first Slovenian Presidency and the current one, endeavoured to foster a constructive and friendly dialogue within the European Union, thus further deepening the already excellent relations between the two countries.

President Pahor also met with Chancellor Merkel several times in his capacity as the President of the Republic. He invited her as a special guest to the Leaders' Meeting of the Brdo-Brijuni Process initiative in July 2014. He also held a working meeting with Chancellor Merkel when he was on his way to an official visit to the Russian Federation and Ukraine in 2017.

President Pahor honours German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA