US President Donald Trump made some harsh comments about German Chancellor Merkel in the past. Now they have met for the first time and the atmosphere was tense.
US President Donald Trump says NATO members that do not meet defense-spending targets will be "dealt with." Germany is far from being on track to meet the alliance's target of 2 percent of gross domestic product.
There was plenty of turmoil to fuel a heated debate in the first open session of the current German parliament. But people expecting new strategies from Angela Merkel were likely disappointed, DW's Sabine Kinkartz says.
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.
Germany's chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATO's target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies.
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