U.S. no longer a 'friend' in Merkel election program

U.S. no longer a 'friend' in Merkel election programBy Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) – In their campaign program for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term “friend” in describing the relationship with the United States. The 2013 program also described the “friendship” with Washington as a “cornerstone” of Germany’s international relations and talked about strengthening transatlantic economic ties through the removal of trade barriers.



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