The Embassy of Chile in Berlin
Amb. Magdalena Atria
Magdalena Atria is the Ambassador of the Republic of Chile since 22nd July 2022.
The Ambassador is a lawyer by profession; she studied at the Law School of the University of Chile. Early in her career, she worked as a research assistant for the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and until recently she headed the legal department of the national Foreign Investment Promotion Agency ("InvestChile").
As a research assistant for the "Rettig Commission," she traveled to Bonn and Hamburg. From 2018 to 2019, she completed a master's degree in Investment, Trade and International Arbitration at the University of Heidelberg. In addition, the lawyer lived in Munich from 1991 to 1995, where she studied German language and literature. Two of her three children were born during this time.
As ambassador, she replaces her predecessor Cecilia Mackenna, who retired after four years in Berlin and a total of more than four decades of service in Chilean diplomacy.
Since Chile’s return to democracy in 1990, bilateral relations have expanded on all fronts. Bilateral political dialogue is close and founded on mutual trust. The good relations between the two countries were highlighted by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Santiago on the 26th and 27th of January 2013, during which both sides agreed, among other things, to step up cooperation on questions relating to commodities. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited Germany on the 27th and 28th of October 2014.
Chile has close and long-standing ties with Germany. The achievements of German immigrants in the south of the country (from 1850 onwards) and the commitment of German scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and experts in all fields have played a key part in the country’s development and are still held in high regard today. German culture and the German language still have a presence in Chile, especially in the south of the country.
Chile is favorably disposed towards German concerns in general. Multilaterally, the two countries have many shared interests, on which there is close coordination between the two governments, for example on global issues such as renewable energy (Chile is a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA), environmental protection, climate change, disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, human rights (both countries are currently members of the UN Human Rights Council) and the reform and strengthening of the United Nations. Chile supports Germany’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Germany and Chile have enjoyed good and intensive economic relations for many years. Germany is Chile’s principal trading partner within the European Union.
Chile is a member of the OECD and is positioning itself as a "donor nation". Chile is supported in these efforts by the German Federal Government. As part of this so-called triangular cooperation, the Chilean partner organisation Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Chile (AGCI) is, with the help of German consultants, now providing third countries from the region with ideas and experience based on its own bilateral technical cooperation. Triangular cooperation is currently under way with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Paraguay.