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.
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.