Berlin to Send Envoys to U.S. to Patch Transatlantic Rift

A high-level German delegation led by Merkel’s foreign policy aide Jan Hecker and her chief economic adviser Lars-Hendrik Roeller, will travel to Washington as part of an effort to patch current rifts, including tension over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and latest spying scandal, Bloomberg learns.

The delegation in the coming days will meet officials including U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Trade Representative Katherine Tai, to discuss economic and political relations and prepare for upcoming multilateral meetings.

The visit is part of the latest efforts to improve U.S. – Germany relations after President Jo Biden backed off last week from immediate sanctions against the Nord Stream project.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed that they’ve taken note of the decision by Washington and President Biden’s comments on the issue and are focusing on dialogue with those responsible in Washington.

Another issue straining the relationship has recently emerged with the news that U.S. was spying on European officials with help from Denmark intelligence community, after which French President Emmanuel Macron asked U.S. for clarification of the reports.

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