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Germany’s Merkel Has “Positive View” of Obama’s Berlin Speech

July 26, 2008

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp

Berlin (ddp) – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU [Christian Democratic Union]) has a positive view of the speech of Democratic US presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Berlin. In the Federal Government’s view, the speech was a “positive signal for and in Europe,” said government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm in Berlin on Friday [25 July]. Obama had made it clear that “we have to joint together, in international cooperation, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.” This is also the position of the Federal Government, Wilhelm continued. Merkel and Obama had shared this view in their conversation.

Wilhelm did not give details of the conversation in the Chancellor’s Office on Thursday. He continued by saying that the Federal Government had not received any plans to date of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain to visit Germany before the election in November.

Originally published by ddp news agency, Berlin, in German 0954 25 Jul 08.

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