Politics Biden to host German Chancellor Merkel at White House in July after chilly relations under Trump
German state vote offers last test before national election
BERLIN (AP) — A state vote on Sunday is German politicians' last major test at the ballot box before a September election that will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel. After a bumpy start to the year, the longtime leader's bloc is hoping for a good showing in an eastern region where a far-right party is a strong challenger. The vote for a new legislature in Saxony-Anhalt, a state of 2.2 million people that is one of Germany's lessThe vote for a new legislature in Saxony-Anhalt, a state of 2.2 million people that is one of Germany's less prosperous, puts a sharp focus on one problem Merkel's Christian Democratic Union faces in the east: reining in the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD.
The White House announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington, D.C. on July 15 for President Joe Biden's third, in-person bilateral meeting at the White House – a mini-summit that seeks to thaw relations after four years of Donald Trump's "America first" approach.
Merkel's visit follows on the heels of Biden's one-on-one meetings at the executive mansion with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suge in April and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May. Biden also met within Carbis Bay, England Thursday ahead of this year's G7 summit, where the two leaders unveiled the New Atlantic Charter and reaffirmed the "Special Relationship" between the United States and United Kingdom.
As summit ends, G-7 urged to deliver on vaccines, climate
FALMOUTH, England (AP) — The Group of Seven leaders aim to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises Sunday, including vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of technology and money. They want to show that international cooperation is back after the upheavals caused both by the pandemic and the unpredictability of former U.S. President Donald Trump.
The meeting also comes shortly after Biden waived sanctions on German entities working on Russia's Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline, despite some opposition from U.S. lawmakers.
"Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany," White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a Friday statement announcing Merkel's trip. "The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values."
Merkel, who former President Obama repeatedly called his closest European ally, had a much rockier relationship with Biden's direct predecessor, former President Donald Trump. The pair frequently clashed over Germany's defense commitments. Trump claimed Germany did not spend enough on its military to live up to its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) obligations. Their relationship was perhaps best characterized by aof Merkel confronting Trump at a 2018 G-7 meeting.
A sense of relief over 'dear Joe' and post-Trump summit era
BRUSSELS (AP) — Over the four years of Donald Trump's presidency and through the seeming eternity of pandemic misery and isolation, America’s partners in world affairs were waiting to exhale. As they cycled through Group of Seven, NATO and European Union summits over the last week, exhale they did, between bites of haggis mousse, pineapple weed and Dover sole. President Joe Biden — “dear Joe” to the European Commission's chief — engaged fellowAs they cycled through Group of Seven, NATO and European Union summits over the last week, exhale they did, between bites of haggis mousse, pineapple weed and Dover sole.
Merkel previously announced herbefore the end of the year.
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Crucial test for Merkel's conservatives in Germany regional vote .
Angela Merkel's conservatives could face a far-right upset at key state polls on Sunday, the last big test of Germany's political mood before the first general election in 16 years not to feature the veteran chancellor. Victory for the AfD would be a devastating blow for the conservatives just four months ahead of Germany's national election on September 26, and could further weaken the already fragile standing of Merkel's would-be successorSurveys have the extreme-right AfD neck-and-neck with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, with a recent poll by the Bild daily even predicting the anti-immigration party will for the first time win a regional vote.