German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
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BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Washington with the same message French President Emmanuel Macron delivered only days earlier: that the U.S. and Europe need to bury the hatchet on key issues, from global trade to international security.While U.S. President Donald Trump received Macron and his wife for a glitzy three-day state visit this week, Merkel gets a 20-minute private chat Friday in the Oval Office followed by a working lunch.That should be fine with Merkel, who has little to gain back home by being overly friendly with Trump, according to German political analyst Jan Techau.Anti-U.S. sentiment has been growing again in Germany since Trump's election, with mainstream media regularly portraying the U.S. president as a threat to the world.Still, Macron's attacks on Trump policies during his speech to Congress haven't yet sparked a nasty tweet from the U.S. president.Merkel, meanwhile, has subtly shifted her stance on two issues that are important to the United States.
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