It has been bluntly described in the German press as a farewell trip. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who looks likely to lose the general election in September, has been visiting the US. Talks with George W Bush in Washington have centered on UN reform. The American president said he was not against Germany gaining a permanent seat on the Security Council but, as expected, he stopped short of expressing actual support. The two allies fell out over German opposition to the war in Iraq. Also high on the agenda is Iran’s presidential election and nuclear talks with Tehran. Schroeder will give also give a speech to the US Chamber of Commerce and meet senior members of Congress.