A Meeting of the Left party Deputy Andrej Hunko with the Venezuelan head of state Nicolas Maduro has caused outrage in the government parties in Berlin.

The Deputy CDU/CSU parliamentary leader Johann Wadephul called the meeting in Caracas is “scandalous”, the SPD foreign policy expert Nils Schmid described it as “embarrassing”. “With this visit, Hunko of the oppressed people of Venezuela hits you in the face and makes a political stooge Maduro,” said Wadephul the German press Agency.

Maduro is for months in a bitter power struggle with President Juan Guaidó, accused him of electoral fraud and in January itself, the interim President has been appointed. In this function, Guaidó of the Federal government, and other Western countries is recognized. Hunko is the first Federal politician who visited Venezuela since the beginning of the power struggle. He holds a total of eleven days there and wants to return at the weekend after Germany.

The Meeting with Maduro was held on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas. Hunko wrote on Facebook that he had brought in the “long exchange” on the international situation”, the solidarity with the Venezuelan people against economic sanctions and threats of war”. Among his interlocutors in Caracas also Guaidó and other representatives of the Opposition. “I expressed my Conviction that a solution to the crisis can only be peaceful and dialogue,” wrote Hunko.

The Venezuelan television channel VTV reported extensively about the visit Hunkos in the case of Maduro at the presidential Palace Miraflores. “This Meeting underscores the commitment to a dialogue, called for the President Maduro,” said the news anchor on state television. In the post, is to see how Hunko and Maduro joke when greeting each other. The conversation took place – as in the case of an official visit of the heads of state or heads of government – in front of the flags of both countries.

Maduro paid tribute to the Meeting afterwards on Twitter: “In the context of our diplomacy of peace, I received the German Deputy Andrej Hunko. We had an important Meeting to strengthen the relations with the European community and the respect for international law.”

The SPD politician Schmid called it “shameful that the left party supports, is still a ruler, which destroys the democracy in Venezuela and his country into economic Ruin has fallen”. The CDU politician Wadephul asked the group leadership of the Left in the Bundestag to withdraw Hunko all international tasks – for example, in the Council of Europe.

the Green foreign politician Omid Nouripour accused the Left-members of Maduro’s “propagandistic use”. “Maduro is not a left President, but a worse Kleptocratic, ruined his country and his people,” he said.

The Foreign office said that the German Embassy in Caracas supports Hunko at the request of individual appointments, and these have accompanied. “This does not apply to the Meeting with Mr Maduro,” added the Ministry.

His own group had informed Hunko before the trip about his intentions. The Left foreign policy expert Stefan Liebich pointed out that his party had managed to speak with both sides. “I’m excited because not a criticism, but what he told us.”

in view of the increasing international isolation of the Maduro government, with only a few foreign visitors came last, after Venezuela. While the United States, many EU member States and many Latin American countries Guaidó already have as a legitimate transitional head of state recognised, Russia, China, Turkey, and the left governments in Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia, Maduro continues to be Faithful.

In December of last year, Maduro welcomed the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Shortly before that, the President of the North Korean people’s chamber, Kim Yong Nam, was to a guest in Caracas. Critics, however, are not seen so much: In February, the government expelled six Spanish members of the European Parliament of the country, who wanted to make Maduro’s against the player Juan Guaidó.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.