June 7, 2011 by USA Post
Angela Merkel, President Barack Obama’s grandiose plans received German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but weighty matters of war and economic crisis will remain at the bottom of your visit. In a White House meeting Tuesday, the two leaders were expected to address a wide range of issues, including NATO operations in Afghanistan and Libya, the peace process in the Middle East and the world economy.
Later, Obama was for the treatment of Merkel for a night of great pomp in the White House, the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a formal dinner. The gestures seem to be aimed at boosting a relationship that has seemed more cordial than close.
To this end, the night of Monday the two leaders met for a quiet dinner in the historic district of the city of Georgetown in an elegant restaurant inspired by a country inn.
Merkel arrives at a time when she is suffering a decline in popularity amid problems with its coalition partner and a backlash from the Germans upset about her country’s great contribution to a European financial rescue plan in Greece. His decision this month to end nuclear power production in Germany by 2022, however, has given a small boost in a country that long has had a strong anti-nuclear movement.
Merkel is also in the midst of managing the response to an outbreak of E. coli linked with raw vegetables that has killed 17 in Germany and sickened more than 2,300.
Obama also faces a politically sensitive time less than a year and a half before he goes before the voters to determine whether he deserves a second term of four years. His position has been boosted by the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by the U.S. command, but faces serious challenges of a still weak economy and continuing high unemployment.
With both leaders to address domestic vulnerability, Obama may be looking for a better understanding of how Merkel problems at home are affecting their movements on the world stage. The two have had differences on Libya, for example, after Germany had abstained in the UN vote that authorized a no-fly zone over Libya and continued its troops from the NATO-led operation to enforce it.
“Washington is dealing with that Berlin is in some of these important issues,” said Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I think Merkel has a chance to put some of them in a broader strategic context.”
The journey is the sixth visit by Merkel to the United States since Obama took office. The relationship between the two leaders had a rough start in 2008 the Obama campaign when she refused a request to speak before the Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of the Cold War uses famous backdrop of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan. A year later, declined an invitation to the 20 Th anniversaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tuesday will start with a blow to Merkel – a salute of 19 guns during the official welcome on the South Lawn of the White House before meeting with Obama. Later, Merkel will be honored with the most elegant night U.S. put a foreign leader.
Although the journey is not known as a state visit because it is the head of government of Germany, not its head of state, will most of the traps. The only difference is the number of salvos of artillery: a head of state gets 21.
Regardless of what is called the visit, Merkel is in rarefied company. Visits how are you, with the pomp and pageantry that accompanies it is an honor U.S. sparingly distributed to close friends and allies. She is the first European leader to receive this treatment of Obama. The White House said it was a sign of the close working relationship we have forged in 2 1 / 2 years.
Merkel, 56, is not known for being flashy, but were welcomed to the White House in the style of development that could help improve her image at home.
Obama, Merkel received the Medal of Freedom last year, but do not have the opportunity to present it. At that time, Obama spoke of her youth in communist East Germany and their dreams of freedom that is not realized until the Berlin Wall in 1989. Obama said her story was an inspiration to people around the world.
While black gala dinner has been in the works for months, the White House maintains strict control over all aspects of the evening – on the menu and decor dress the first lady Michelle Obama – until a few hours before of guests begin to arrive. In this era of media fury, the White House also frowns on Twitter guests rave about the dinner in advance, as has happened in the past.
Among the few details known: Both the dinner and the reception and entertainment will be held in the Rose Garden, the first of Obama. Workers were putting the carpet of grass on Monday night in preparation. Guests are also prone to eating fresh lettuce and other produce from the garden of Mrs. Obama. The Last Supper White House for a German leader held for Chancellor Helmut Kohl in February 1995.
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