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.
It's time for a new chapter between the US and Germany, the foreign minister says
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).
German has offered homes to former detainees
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.
One person has reportedly died and another has been injured as emergency services battled against abysmal weather to rescue people from a burning ferry near a Greek island. 18 Germans are among the stranded passengers.
Thousands of travelers were forced to seek shelter in emergency accommodation in France as a snowstorm hit a popular ski region during the holiday season. Authorities have urged drivers to delay their trips if possible.
On December 29, 2013, a serious fall on a ski slope left record Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in a coma. One year on, Schumi is back at home, but news about his condition is scarce.