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How Germany's election shake-up could change its economy

Sep 25, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun the long process of forming a new coalition government. Merkel won the largest number of votes by far in Sunday’s election, but millions of Germans defected from the mainstream parties and supported the anti-Islamic, anti-immigration Alternative for Deutschland. For the first time since World War II, a far-right party will be […]

Merkel ahead as Germans prepare for Sunday’s election

Sep 21, 2017
A strong economy bodes well for longstanding German leader.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with supporters before addressing an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany on September 20, 2017.

‘America first’ trade policies don’t play so well in Europe

May 31, 2017
Protectionist trade policies could make U.S. trade deals harder to come by.

A look at why the U.S. is running a trade deficit with Germany

May 30, 2017
President Trump’s tweet Tuesday about the U.S.’s “massive” trade deficit with Germany got us wondering about just how big that deficit is, and why we’re buying all those German goods. First, the size of the deficit: The U.S. buys about $65 billion more from Germany than Germany buys from the U.S. One thing that tells […]

Newly inaugurated French president heads to Germany

May 15, 2017
It’s tradition for any new French president make a pilgrimage to Germany. Given the particular power of Angela Merkel, the defeat of an anti-EU French candidate and French winner Macron’s interest in more European economic integration, the meeting will be more closely watched than usual. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Merkel brings along BMW’s chief, others for first meeting with Trump

Mar 17, 2017
The South is a good reminder of how important German automakers are to the U.S.

How will Merkel approach her meeting with Trump?

Mar 17, 2017
The German chancellor will likely have a lot weighing on her mind as she meets POTUS for the first time.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference in the White House.
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Let’s do the numbers: the U.S. relationship with Germany

Mar 16, 2017
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent weeks preparing for her meeting with Donald Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the appointment of German Education Minister Johanna Wanka at Bellevue Palace on February 14, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
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Awkward: Merkel is poised for a diplomatic dance with Trump

Mar 16, 2017
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is probably the happiest man in Europe today after the anti-Muslim and anti-European Union candidate Geert Wilders did worse than expected in elections yesterday. Trans-Atlantic economic attention now turns to Washington visits this week by two European leaders, both of whom have been critical of President Donald Trump. Irish Prime […]

Amid tension, Merkel comes to Washington

Mar 13, 2017
This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making her first visit to the White House since President Donald Trump took office. It comes after both world leaders leveled heavy criticisms against each other on many things, including policies on trade and immigration. What’s at stake? Click the audio player above to hear the full story.