A mark of the success of German Reunification is the triumph of East German politicians, amongst them federal president Joachim Gauck, a former pastor from Rostock on the Baltic Coast – and, of course Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005.
German Chancellor Merkel has stressed that improved ties with China are a much-needed step toward solving international crises. Merkel's delegation is also seeking greater market access for German companies in China.
The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom as well as a ceasefire breach in Ukraine.
This legislative term's first open session began with an incendiary speech by the far-right populist AfD. But the chancellor refused to take the bait, offering a detail-heavy defense of her government's proposed budget.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets a warm welcome in China, while Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has to deal with an increasingly abrasive United States. These are testing times for Germany, says DW's Fabian von der Mark.
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