Why Trump Spells So Much Trouble for Germany—and Merkel

Protests against U.S. President Donald Trump and the far-right Alternative for Germany party, Berlin, Jan. 20, 2017 (SIPA photo by Omer Messinger).
Protests against U.S. President Donald Trump and the far-right Alternative for Germany party, Berlin, Jan. 20, 2017 (SIPA photo by Omer Messinger).
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives today in Washington, where she will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time. The trip was initially scheduled for earlier in the week, but was delayed by a snowstorm that hit the East Coast. It was perhaps a fitting prelude to their first encounter. After all, when Trump was elected president of the United States, Merkel sent him a congratulatory message that seemed, in no uncertain terms, to be a rebuke to his behavior and rhetoric during the campaign. She suggested that Germany would only cooperate with the United States if it […]

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