US congratulates Merkel on becoming chancellor
23 November 2005, WASHINGTON - The White House congratulated Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Tuesday after she was sworn in as Germany first female leader.
23 November 2005
WASHINGTON - The White House congratulated Germany's new chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Tuesday after she was sworn in as Germany first female leader.
"We look forward to an early meeting between the two leaders," a White House official said.
The United States will also work closely with Merkel and her new coalition government, the official said, adding that President George W. Bush called her in October to offer his congratulations.
Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union took power after weeks of negotiations between her party and the Social Democratic Party of Gerhard Schroeder, who intends to leave politics after surrendering power to Merkel.
The CDU and SPD, the two largest parties in Germany and bitter rivals, agreed to form a "grand coalition" for only the second time in the country's history. In September elections, the two parties and their smaller partners failed to capture enough seats to win outright.
U.S. relations with Germany were stormy under Schroeder, who steadfastly opposed the war in Iraq and angered Bush by thrusting the issue to the front of his 2002 re-election campaign.
Subject: German news