US President Obama had a packed day in Berlin, climaxing in a speech to the German people.
The US president and German chancellor have spoken for the first time since a scandal broke out over alleged US espionage against Berlin. The White House said it wants to improve intelligence cooperation with Germany.
The leaders of Germany and the United States have agreed to continue pressuring Russia to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine. The warring sides are being urged to agree to a new ceasefire.
It is hardly ever wrong to talk to each other. So in that sense the US-German cyber dialogue is welcome and won’t do any harm. But a closer look at the event’s history shows that it won’t produce tangible results.
Klaus Scharioth, Berlin’s former ambassador to the US, tells DW why Germany’s expulsion of the top CIA official was right and why the current crisis is the biggest challenge yet for transatlantic ties.
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