It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance. AFP / Jim WATSON AND John MACDOUGALL
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Merkel meets Trump in clash of styleShe is controlled and cautious, a physicist from East Germany who takes her time making decisions and has never relished the attention that comes from being Europe's most powerful leader. It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance, than Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Trump, the new president of the United States.Trump, 70, has called Merkel's decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany a "catastrophic mistake".White House officials have said Trump will seek advice from Merkel on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.For her part, Merkel has been critical of Trump's travel ban targeting the citizens of several mainly Muslim countries. Merkel is also concerned that Trump, who has repeatedly praised Britain's decision to leave the European Union, might continue to undermine the bloc with his rhetoric at a time of deep crisis triggered by the rise of anti-EU populist parties.Trump is the third U.S. president that Merkel, Europe's longest-serving leader, has worked with.Japan's Abe had an awkward 19-second handshake with Trump, while May was criticized in some sections of the British media for holding hands with Trump during a stroll at the White House, apparently after he reached out to steady himself.
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