Can Merkel Stop Bush? Iran Crisis To Top Agenda of US Trip

The sounds of saber rattling against the mullah regime in Iran are getting louder in Washington. When Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to the United States this week, German politicians at both ends of the political spectrum will expect her to voice clear opposition to further military escapades. But Merkel prefers quiet diplomacy.
Merkel and Bush at the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm in June: The German chancellor prefers to avoid public conflicts with the American president.

Merkel and Bush at the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm in June: The German chancellor prefers to avoid public conflicts with the American president.

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Exports to Iran

Country 2006 in millions of dollars* Compared to 2002*
Germany 5,147 +185%
France 2,648 +139%
China 2,157 +143%
Japan 1,310 +66%
Britain 982 +47%
USA 109 +627%
Sources: IMF, Census * Fiscal year ending in March
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