Merkel to address US Congress about the end of communism
The chancellor will speak on the demise of European communism and the future of transatlantic relations six days before commemorations of the Berlin Wall occur in Berlin.Berlin -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address both houses of the US Congress next month ahead of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a German government spokesman said Monday.
Merkel, re-elected in September to a second four-year term, will speak on the demise of European communism and the future of transatlantic relations on November 3, six days before the Wall commemorations in Berlin.
"It is a rare honour for foreign state visitors to be able to speak to both houses -- the Senate and the House of Representatives," Merkel's deputy spokesman Thomas Steg told a regular government news conference.
Merkel is also expected to hold talks with US President Barack Obama during her stay in Washington, Steg said.
The chancellor will be only the second German leader to address a joint session of Congress, after Konrad Adenauer in May 1957.
Merkel accepted an invitation by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, extended during a visit to Washington in June.