If Angela Merkel’s decision to over-rule Barack Obama’s speechmaking plans caused any friction between the pair there was no evidence of it on his arrival in Berlin.
She greeted him warmly after his plane touched down in the German capital.
The German Chancellor opposed his plans to speak at the Brandenburg Gate on the grounds that it was a venue for presidents, not presidential hopefuls.
Germany is the latest stop on the US Democratic candidate’s tour aimed at boosting his foreign policy credentials ahead of November’s presidential election.
This evening he will address what is expected to be a large crowd at a nearby park.
The Illinois Senator will reportedly focus on transatlantric relations and it seems he will get an enthusiastic reception.
“Everybody likes him, because he is so young and likeable. I think he will be a favourite among young people,” said one young women in the city.
But another Berliner said she believed he was only concerned with boosting his domestic ratings.
An American woman living in the city said: “I’m a high school teacher and for the first time in my 30-and-some years of teaching I’ve seen enthusiam among young people for electing a new president.”
The address will be Obama’s only public speech of his week-long foreign trip, which is taking place against the backdrop of a fiercely fought election battle with Republican Senator John McCain.
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