Obama expected at Protestant event in Berlin next month

Apr 13, 2017, 01:36
Obama expected at Protestant event in Berlin next month

Merkel had previously been seen as likely to retain her post as chancellor, though in recent weeks polls have tightened sharply, and Schulz's SPD is now running neck-and-neck with the ruling Christian Democrats, raising the possibility of a leftist coalition after the vote.

Obama's visit to Germany would coincide with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on May 25, which his successor Donald Trump plans to attend.

A senior US official told the Associated Press that the presence of a drone, controlled by Russian Federation, over the hospital where victims were being treated following the attack was not a coincidence. Obama and Merkel will talk on stage in front of the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of European unity where Obama spoke in 2013.

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The event kicks off a summer marking the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation.

World Trade Organization head Roberto Azevedo and International Labour Organization leader Guy Ryder are also expected to attend the Monday evening meeting in the chancellor's office.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech at 10th National Maritime conference in Hamburg, Germany, April 4, 2017.

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During their calls on Monday, the White House said Mrs May and Chancellor Merkel expressed support for the U.S. action and agreed with President Trump on the importance of "holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable". During a trip to Germany in November, Obama called Merkel his "closest ally".

Obama, for his part, has remained largely quiet since leaving the White House in January, opting first for a leisurely vacation to the British Virgin Islands with his wife and Richard Branson, and, later, for time in the French Polynesian islands to work on his memoir.

Ties between Trump and Obama have unraveled in the beginning stretch of the new administration after Trump accused his predecessor of wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower, an unfounded allegation that Obama's representatives have denied. "That's not supposed to be happening, but I've been proven right".

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