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United States President Barack Obama’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the pinnacle of the farewell European trip by the outgoing American leader.
During the talks, the two leaders reaffirmed that Washington and Berlin share a common approach to foreign policy. Obama also called Merkel one of his closest partners as president.
"It is absolutely true that Chancellor Merkel is going to have significant responsibilities," Obama said at a meeting with Merkel.
In response, Merkel thanked Obama for their eight-year partnership, citing a number of achievements Washington and Berlin have made together. "I'd like to thank him for a good, friendly, and intensive partnership," the chancellor said at a press conference. Obama also gave an interview to German broadcaster ARD and Spiegel magazine, thus formally launching Merkel’s electoral campaign, according to the article. Earlier, Merkel expressed willingness to run for re-election. She was first elected as the chancellor in 2005 and reelected twice in 2009 and 2013. She has been at the helm of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party for 16 years.
"She has great credibility, and she is willing to fight for those values in a way that is very, very important. I'm glad that she's there and I think the German people should appreciate her. Certainly, I've appreciated her as a partner," Obama said during the interview.
During the official talks on Thursday, Obama and Merkel discussed a range of issues, including Russia.
Obama also advised President-elect Donald Trump from making "deals" with Russia.
Trump’s victory was surprising for Berlin since Angel Merkel placed bets on Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. However, even Obama’s support did not help Clinton secure a victory.
"Berlin did not show any interest in Trump. […] In the eyes of the German leadership Trump remained sidelined; however, previously, neither party or nor government [in Germany] has ever allowed themselves to behave in such a way," Willy Wimmer, former Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Defense Ministry, wrote in an op-ed Sputnik Germany.
Obama's visit to Berlin and his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel could be regarded as a signal sent to the EU by the American "war establishment," said.
2016.11.20 / 17:57