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Merkel and Germany Are Not Turning Away from America

Many headline writers are blowing Merkelís statement about US and UK reliability out of proportion. Putin will be happy about the display of transatlantic division. I think Merkelís comment could be very good for transatlantic relations in the mid-term.

She was speaking in a beer tent in Bavaria. Federal elections in four months. Merkel was making the case for a stronger EU and a more active German foreign policy. Her party is in favour of increasing defence spending and working towards NATO's goal of spending 2% of GDP on defense by 2024. The second biggest party is questioning this goal, although they have been part of the coalition government which made this commitment in 2014.

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