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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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