U.S. President Joe Biden attends a information convention with Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, not pictured, within the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
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U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned “I will be darned” after a reporter advised him Germany’s Social Democratic Party was forward within the historic election to succeed Angela Merkel.
Biden, who had spent the weekend at Camp David, didn’t know who was projected to win the German vote till he obtained again to Washington.
“They’re solid,” Biden mentioned of the outcomes when advised Sunday the SPD was anticipated to beat Merkel’s conservative alliance, in keeping with Reuters.
Early outcomes Monday gave the center-left SPD the most important share of the vote with 25.9%, according to the country’s Federal Returning Officer, with Merkel’s right-leaning bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union getting 24.1%.
Coalition negotiations will now start however might take weeks and even months.
Sunday’s election got here at a time of strained relations between Germany and the U.S., and the subsequent German authorities must work intently with the Biden administration if each side wish to clean tensions.
Issues embrace the U.S. signing a protection contract with Australia, each international locations’ tough withdrawal from Afghanistan and an absence of a long-term answer to finish tariffs. The U.S. additionally didn’t enable European vacationers into the nation this summer season, regardless of the EU opening its doorways to U.S. guests in June.
At the identical time, the United States has additionally opposed Germany’s take care of Russian power agency Gazprom for a pipeline that’s now accomplished and pending approval from German regulators.
Daniela Schwarzer, government director for Europe and Eurasia at Open Society Foundations, mentioned the SPD had a robust group of “quite American-critical people.”
“They need to be convinced truly that the trans-Atlantic alliance is something that we, at this point, very urgently need,” she advised CNBC in Berlin.
She additionally mentioned the large query is whether or not the alliance “can now align on a major strategy that is about Western liberal democracy, where the EU is not just forced to adopt American standards but can actually have this role of being a true partner — which means we need to invest more in ourselves, in defense, in technological development and so on.”