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Wed May 5, 2021, 08:41 PM

Merkel stresses importance of close trans-Atlantic relations

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of close trans-Atlantic relations with the United States, which she said are now more important than ever.

“The United States are and will remain the most important partner of Europe,” Merkel told members of her conservative bloc in Berlin.

Merkel was frequently at odds with former President Donald Trump over a wide variety of issues, and she conceded that “our partnership during the last few years wasn't as vital as it could have been.”

She expressed relief that under President Joe Biden cooperation with the U.S. has become closer and more aligned again, though she suggested it would take time to smooth out the rough edges.


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