Obama, Merkel urge Trump to get se­ri­ous on for­eign pol­icy

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on your own, achieve much even though you may be eco­nom­i­cally strong,” she said, say­ing that pop­ulists like Trump are preach­ing “un­friendly poli­cies.”

With Trump’s in­ten­tions un­clear on sev­eral fronts, Obama’s fi­nal visit to Ber­lin of­fered him a mo­ment to hand over lead­er­ship to Merkel of the West­ern lib­eral world view.

A sci­en­tist who grew up in the for­mer East Ger­many, Merkel is now the world leader with the greatest affin­ity for Obama. She show­ered him with praise for their “very close, very in­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion” dur­ing his last trip abroad as pres­i­dent and came near to tears as he all but en­dorsed her for a fourth term as Ger­man chan­cel­lor. She has not said whether she’ll run.

Her coun­try is a leader on the con­ti­nent al­ready, hav­ing ac­cepted mil­lions of refugees from Syria and else­where in re­cent years in the big­gest global hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis since World War II and be­fore that, lead­ing the aus­ter­ity ef­fort to fight the eco­nomic cri­sis.

On Fri­day, Obama and Merkel plan to draw the lead­ers of France, Bri­tain, Spain and Italy into the con­ver­sa­tion about the fu­ture of Europe and their shared global agenda.

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Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel stand united Thurs­day in Ber­lin.

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