New US ambassador arrives, pledges to boost ties
24 August 2005, BERLIN - The new United States ambassador to Germany, William Robert Timken Jr., pledged efforts to boost bilateral ties on his arrival in Berlin on Wednesday.
24 August 2005
BERLIN - The new United States ambassador to Germany, William Robert Timken Jr., pledged efforts to boost bilateral ties on his arrival in Berlin on Wednesday.
"Officials from our two nations are ... exploring ways to better protect our citizens from the threat of global terrorism," said Timken in remarks at Berlin's Tegel airport.
Timken hailed the past 50 years of German-American efforts for peace and security in Europe.
"I look forward to working with the German government to strengthen bilateral cooperation on the broad range of issues we face," he said.
Timken, an American industrialist, replaces Daniel Coats who left his post as U.S. ambassador to Germany late last winter.
Relations between Germany and the U.S. suffered their worst post-war crisis in 2002 to 2003 after Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder led European opposition to the Iraq war.
Ties became so bad that Schroeder and U.S. President George W. Bush did not speak for almost a year.
Relations have since been repaired but the personal chemistry between Bush and Schroeder remains somewhat strained.
Schroeder faces a tough bid to win a third term in early general elections called for September 18. The Chancellor trails his conservative challenger, Angela Merkel, in all opinion polls.
Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) has vowed to improve ties with Washington if it takes power next month.
Subject: German news