First published: CapX, 16/03/2017
Stormy weather has shifted Angela Merkel’s trip to see the US President to tomorrow; it provides the perfect metaphor for German-US relations. There are several contentious foreign policy issues, some of which have gone off the boil for now, but there is no question that when it comes to trade and commerce in particular, and the EU in general, Germany and the US are unusually worlds apart.
After Trump’s election, Merkel didn’t mince her words when she said pointedly that “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, secular orientation or political views”. People think, mistakenly, that China’s President Xi Jinping sought in Davos to fill the global leadership vacuum in the wake of Trump, but Chancellor Merkel has far stronger claims….Read more: