Ber­lin

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Obama for Merkel: Can­di­dates for the rul­ing cen­ter-right Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union in Ger­many’s up­com­ing elec­tion are plas­ter­ing posters with Pres­i­dent Obama’s face around Ber­lin. On his last over­seas trip as pres­i­dent, af­ter the U.S. elec­tion last Novem­ber, Obama en­dorsed Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in her re-elec­tion bid, and now her CDU party is quot­ing him on the posters, which read in Ger­man, “If I could, I’d vote Merkel.” A whop­ping 86 per­cent of Ger­mans say they trust Obama’s judg­ment in global af­fairs, com­pared with 11 per­cent who trust Pres­i­dent Trump’s. Merkel is ex­pected to cruise to a fourth term as chan­cel­lor on Sept. 24, as her party is polling 14 points ahead of the cen­ter-left So­cial Democrats.

He’s a Merkel fan.

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