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Trump's trade tirade against Germany has officials in a bind

His constant complaints overlook the benefits in the bilateral relationship

Ms Merkel, several officials said, has concluded that there is little prospect of closing the gap with Mr Trump on issues like trade, Russia or the Paris climate accord, which he has threatened to leave. The two leaders have a businesslike relationship, officials on both sides said.


THE last time relations between the United States and Europe were this bad - in the spring of 2003, during the buildup to the invasion of Iraq - the administration of George W Bush decided to "punish France, ignore Germany and forgive Russia", in a phrase attributed to the...

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