Foreign Minister Steinmeier is "the president of Germany's Obama fan" and, for instance, "indicated right away that Germany would accept detainees from Guantanamo," while Chancellor Merkel takes "a reserved view of Obama, waiting to see what his administration's policies will look like," writes Spiegel International:
Barack Obama grew up knowing that there were two Germanys. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and he became accustomed to the idea that there was only one Germany. Now that he is president he has discovered, during his first few days in office, that Germany is divided once again. But this time the country is not divided into East and West Germany, but between Merkel's Germany and Steinmeier's Germany. And when it comes to their relationship with the new America, these two Germanys could not be more different.