Improving the European Union’s relations with the US is a key aim of a visit to the United States by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, was one of Europe’s biggest opponents to the war in Iraq.
Ahead of her departure, Merkel, who will have talks with President George W. Bush, said closer ties would boost investment flows and trade.
The pair will also discuss the situation in the Middle East and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran’s nuclear programme is also on the agenda of talks that will prepare the ground for an EU-US summit in April.