U.S.-German Relations Need a Reboot
When President Obama travels to Germany this weekend to meet with his G-7 counterparts, he’ll be hosted by the leader who is arguably his closest global partner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Yet while relations at the highest levels have never been stronger, many Germans believe their relationship with the United States is as contentious as ever and are questioning the value of close security cooperation.
This paradox was the main topic of discussion among a diverse group of leaders on a task force on the future of German-American relations convened by the German Marshall Fund (GMF). Getting US-German ties back on solid ground should be a high priority for Obama’s remaining time in office. And it will remain a challenge for the next President, as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who will announce he is entering the race for the presidency on June 15, will certainly assert when he visits Germany just days after Obama departs.