Bonded together: Obama and Merkel

21st June 2013, Comments 0 comments

The United States and Germany have shown that they are capable of coming together, in spite of disagreement over Internet espionage.

 Bonded together: Obama and Merkel
Die Welt

"The United States and Germany have shown that they are capable of coming together, in spite of disagreement over Internet espionage," remarks Die Welt, in the wake of Barack Obama's Berlin speech.

In a much anticipated speech to an audience of several thousand guests at the Brandenburg Gate, delivered 50 years after John F Kennedy's famous address in the German capital, the US president affirmed that "when Europe and America lead with our hopes instead of our fears, we do things that no other nations can do."

In her response, Angela Merkel remarked that "in the 21st Century, the transatlantic partnership remained the key to freedom, prosperity and security for all," while also criticising America's Prism eavesdropping programme. "In spite of its prime importance, the drive to combat terrorism should be conducted in a measured manner," said the German Chancellor.

In his speech, Obama also announced that that "deployed strategic nuclear weapons" could be reduced "by up to one-third," and called on Russia to consider a similar cut in its arsenal.



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