While German chancellor Angela Merkel and Barack Obama saw eye to eye on most issues during the latter’s eight years in the White House, the same cannot be said of Merkel’s relationship with President Trump. On the one side Trump has repeatedly called out Germany for not pulling its weight in NATO, on the other side Merkel firmly disagrees with Trump’s views on tariffs and immigration.
Over the past three years, the clouded relationship between the two hasn’t gone unnoticed by the people, at least on one side of the Atlantic. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center and the German Körber Stiftung, Americans and Germans have notably different perceptions of their countries’ relationship. While U.S. citizens widely consider bilateral relations to be good (75 percent of U.S. adults do), Germans have a much bleaker view of things with 64 percent of Germans saying U.S-German relations are currently bad.
Unfortunately, while Germans see current relations as bad, they still consider the U.S. as an immensely important partner to their country. 42 percent of Germans think the U.S. is among the two most important partners for German foreign policy, trailing only France in its importance. Meanwhile only 13 percent of Americans think of Germany as a key ally with respect to their country’s foreign policy.