Donald Trump has made it clear several times that he is not a huge fan of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Although the two haven't met before they already share a history that might weigh on their meeting.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Skopje to add her voice to calls that the Balkans nation rename itself as "North Macedonia." The dispute has long hobbled ties with Greece and integration into the West.
Conservatives and Social Democrats long dominated Germany's political culture, generating broad appeal. But their ability to unite people under proverbial big tents is waning, while small parties profit from the discord.
For the first time, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is polling ahead of the Social Democrats. The country's political establishment must remain calm and show strength, says DW's Jens Thurau.
Germany's relationship with the US used to be a close friendship, but under President Trump, it feels like anything but. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is arguing for a "balanced partnership" as counterweight to the US.
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