Angela Merkel has been invited by Joe Biden to Washington next month, in a sign of the US president’s determination to repair a relationship that plummeted to a historic low during the Trump years. Merkel becomes the first European leader to be accorded the honour of an official invitation to meet Biden in the US since he became president in January, ahead of Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson. US-German ties came under enormous strain during the presidency of Donald Trump, who lambasted Berlin for its relatively low defence spending, its high current account surplus and its support for Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea.
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