The presidency of the Council of the European Union – composed of leaders from most EU states – switches every six months.
In a video message, German Chancellor Merkel wanted Portugal”every victory” and said Germany will”encourage Portugal into the very best of its ability”.
The biggest achievement of the German presidency was maintaining the bloc together throughout the COVID-19 catastrophe.
It bridged the gaps between southern and northern nations during marathon discussions that resulted in the acceptance of this coronavirus recovery finance in July.
Then, later in December, it was able to achieve a compromise with Hungary and Poland within the $1.8 trillion funding, after their veto threats.
Merkel, however, was criticized over her foreign policy, particularly the managing of their relations with Turkey after the nation’s territorial claims in the eastern, along with the following diplomatic catastrophe with Greece.
Germany’s foreign ministry Heiko Maas did attempt to mediate with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but ultimately failed for him to possess a more collaborative approach.
What is ahead for Portugal’s presidency?
The largest problems ahead for Portugal would be the execution of this Recovery Fund and EU funding, in addition to the authorities of this post-Brexit trade deal with all the United Kingdom.
Portugal is also expected to reform the EU’s migration policy, most notably the Dublin regulation.
Another essential issue Portugal is expected to take care of is that the enhancement of the EU, together with talks expected to occur with North American Macedonia.
The trade relationship with China, in addition to the recently elected US president Joe Biden, are also at the top of Portugal’s schedule.