Obama and Merkel – friends or enemies?

4 Jul

Yesterday, Ina told us a lot about the reltionship between Obama and Merkel. Today, I want to show you how they work together these days. Actually, their relationship does not seem to be the warmest and kindliest. The German media presents their relation as difficult – it is said that they might be heading towards a crisis.

A lot of German newspapers describe the relationship between Obama and Merkel as more cold than warm and affectionate. Their political persuasions seem to be too different to make friends out of Obama and Merkel. There are various political topics where they have completely opposite opinions. For example, the depression and how it should be handled.

Friends or Enemies?

When I look at the headings of the latest online newspaper articles, it is clear to me, that Obama and Merkel have continuing differences. More than once, it is stated that they are heading towards a crisis. In front of the public they are insisting on a good cooperation – of course. But it cannnot be ignored that they are also disputing via newspapers and even via telephone.

What they definetely have in common: They are more popular in foreign countries than in their own state. In my opinion, this is an interesting fact. Maybe Angela Merkel’s online campaign for the elections 2009 was not that successful as she wanted it to. Germans seem to like appealing and charming politicians, but if someone tries to imitate another success, as Merkel maybe did, it might not always be a good idea. Merkel is not the typical person to open up to the public and behave charming and appealing. Probably, the Germans are aware of that and do not believe in her being a character as Obama is.

All in all, it seems to be a difficult endeavor for Merkel and Obama to ameliorate their political relationship because their opinions of how a president or chancellor should act are very different. I hope that they will manage to talk about their differences and keep the relations between Germany and the US cordially to guarantee a safe world policy.

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2 Responses to “Obama and Merkel – friends or enemies?”

  1. Preselection July 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I absolutely agree with you concernging the aspect that both politicians are more successful in foreign affairs than in their own inner state policies.

    By the way, what do you think of Merkel´s visit in South Africa? I mean that is just representation, not real interest in soccer… should she not turn towards more important issues?

  2. collegeblog_er July 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    I totally agree with your opinion on Merkel’s and Obama’s relationship. Obama had very great success with his election campaign in the US. He definitely won many young people over thanks to his campaign and his charisma=)Merkel on the other hand (she also seems to be very nice person)does not have this special charisma that would help her to celebrate such success. Obama and Merkel seem to be very different from each other. They have different aims and definitely different backgrounds for their politics.
    Great idea to write about such a topic!!

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