The past few years have witnessed a period of strained US-German relations, with President Donald Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel sparring over contentious issues such as defence spending, trade, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project – a joint venture of Russia’s Gazprom and five European companies.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that the currently strained relations between Berlin and Washington cannot be resolved by US President Donald Trump failing to win re-election in November 2020.
Despite the fact that German-US relations have sunk to new lows over contentious issues such as defence spending and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since Donald Trump began to head the US administration, it would be short-sighted to expect that they might be boosted by his leaving office.
Donald Trump will be challenged by former Vice President Joe Biden, who earlier formally won the Democratic Party nomination to face off against the current White House incumbent.
Since taking office in 2017, Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised Germany for being “delinquent” in defence payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
NATO’s established defence spending target aims for allied countries to spend at least two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defence in a non-binding agreement set out until 2024, while Berlin spent an estimated 1.4 percent of its GDP on the Bundeswehr, its armed forces,…