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  • U.S. President formally welcomes German Chancellor to White House

    Published on June 7, 2011

    The U.S. President Barack Obama formally welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House today for an official visit that will include both pomp and politics. Ms. Merkel’s one-day visit will start with a 19-gun salute on the White House South Lawn and end with an elaborate black-tie dinner. She is scheduled to attend a luncheon with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour.

    During their talks today, Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel are likely to discuss topics such as the Eurozone debt crisis, the wars in Afghanistan and Libya as well as debates over who should replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the new IMF chief.

    Ms. Merkel’s visit comes as Europe confronts an E. coli outbreak that has so far killed at least 22 people and sickened thousands. The visit also follows Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power plants by 2022.