German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives on the second day of the EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
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Donald Trump's victory has been a shock for America's major partners around the world.So although Trump's election is being seen as a rejection of the political establishment and liberal democratic values in general, it represents a very personal blow to Merkel, Europe's most powerful leader.Obama, who developed a close relationship with Merkel in his eight years in office, will make what promises to be a bittersweet farewell visit to Berlin this week.Merkel's statement Wednesday, in the aftermath of Trump's election, was telling. In it, she set conditions for cooperation with Trump, a provocative message from a close ally to the democratically elected leader of the United States.Trump has promised to do what Merkel and her veteran Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have resisted for years: take advantage of an ultralow interest rate environment to invest vast amounts of public money in modernising infrastructure.
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