Radio Silence German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down

Never since the founding of postwar Germany have relations between Berlin and the United States been as fragile as they are today. There is virtual radio silence between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell is doing more to agitate the situation than to mediate.
Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at NATO headquarters in Brussels

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at NATO headquarters in Brussels

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell speaks with American soldiers at a base in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell speaks with American soldiers at a base in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Foto: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert / DPA
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Cars built at BMW's plant in South Carolina are loaded onto a ship for export: President Trump has made life difficult over the past year for German carmakers.

Cars built at BMW's plant in South Carolina are loaded onto a ship for export: President Trump has made life difficult over the past year for German carmakers.

Foto: Bruce Smith/ AP
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