Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called in an open letter published Saturday for closer ties with the United States under its next president, Barack Obama.
He offered German aid to Iraq, and German homes for some of the Guantanamo Bay detainees in the letter, published in the newsmagazine Der Spiegel. Steinmeier was in Cairo on Saturday and bound for Jerusalem on Sunday on a Mideast peace mission.
In the open letter to Obama, Steinmeier wrote, "Let's write a new trans-Atlantic agenda and infuse life into it."
He called for a reform, "reorientation" and "honest discussion of missions" in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
He repeated past offers from Germany to help close the Guantanamo Bay detention center on Cuba by offering homes to former detainees.
Steinmeier said Berlin could also increase its contribution to creating stable, democratic public services in Iraq, "especially in the areas of health care and education. As to where and exactly how, I'll be having a look soon on site."
The minister called on Obama to alter the US relationship with Russia and set up joint steps towards disarmament.
The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate at a historic low, pausing to assess the impact of its recent rate cut on the eurozone economy. But more monetary action might be needed to spur growth in 2014.
German pharmaceutical and chemicals firm Merck has offered to buy AZ Electronic Materials. Its bid for the UK-based materials manufacturer aims to bolster Merck’s position as the world’s top producer of liquid crystals.
US auto giant General Motors (GM) has unveiled plans to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from markets in Europe. The move aims to strengthen GM’s other struggling European brands, Opel in Germany and the UK’s Vauxhall.