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.
After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Maas said the two nations have the "same goals" on Iran — despite the US decision to abandon the Iran nuclear pact. The meeting came amid strained trans-Atlantic ties.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is heading to Washington for talks and to open the Year of German American Friendship. On departure, he said transatlantic ties remained crucial, Donald Trump notwithstanding.
As the "Deutschlandjahr USA" campaign is launched on October 3, Johannes Ebert, secretary general of the Goethe-Institut, talked to DW about what unites — and separates — Germans and Americans.
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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