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Merkel Is Ready to Greet, and Then Resist, Obama - NYTimes.com

BERLIN -- Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, an avowed friend of the United States and the leader of the European Union's biggest economy, is diplomatic about the coming visit by President Obama. But she is clear that she is not about to give ground on new stimulus spending, stressing the need to maintain fiscal discipline even as she professes to want to work closely with the new American president. Skip to next paragraph Maurice Weiss/Ostkreuz, for The New York Times

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Berlin. She will meet with President Obama several times this week.

Speaking in her modern concrete-and-glass Chancellery building last week, she underscored the points of drama that may well delineate the three summit meetings during Mr. Obama's first trans-Atlantic trip since he was elected.

"International policy is, for all the friendship and commonality, always also about representing the interests of one's own country," Mrs. Merkel said in an interview with The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.

At each summit meeting over the next week, Mr. Obama will find Mrs. Merkel, who first met him on his campaign trip in Europe last summer, across the table.

by Fran on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 02:15:13 PM EST
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