Germany and the US have a close economic relationship. In 2015 the US became Germany's biggest trade partner, but it hasn't always been plain sailing. The countries have a long, complicated trading history behind them.
From nationalism to NATO spending, the trans-Atlantic relationship under US President Donald Trump is worse than it has been in decades. But, note practitioners and scholars, it doesn't have to stay that way.
This year will decide Britain's future. Will there be a transition period after Brexit? What will the UK's economic relationship with the EU look like? And will all be "smooth and orderly," as Theresa May has promised?
With Germany playing a larger international role, foreign policy and global security are major campaign issues. Here's where the major political parties stand on issues ranging from NATO to North Korea.
Trump, Brexit, EU and NATO crises – international politics are currently being turned on their head. All eyes are now on the Munich Security Conference, where US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to arrive on Friday.
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