Barack Obama Will Join Angela Merkel For A Forum In Berlin
This marks the gentleman from Chicago’s first appearance alongside a foreign leader since leaving office in January. The discussion, titled “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally,” is in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began in Germany in 1517.
Obama was invited to Germany for the anniversary last May.
“President Back Obama’s attending the Kirchentag in Berlin, which will ring in the Reformation Summer, underlines the international character of our 500th anniversary celebrations,” Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the Evangelical Church in Germany Council chair, said in a released statement. “Anyone who is pious also has to be politically minded,” he added. “I am looking forward to enthusiastic debates during the Reformation Summer 2017.”
The American and German leaders have had a cooperative relationship, despite the 2013 National Security Agency scandal that revealed that the agency tapped Merkel’s and other German officials’ phone lines. Back in November, Obama called Merkel his “closest ally.” However, now that Obama is out of office, Trump has been more critical of the German leader for what he believes are open-border policies and Germany’s willingness to offer asylum to refugees.
H/T: The Hill