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Merkel, German MPs congratulate Obama
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Merkel, German MPs congratulate Obama

Published: 07 Nov 2012 09:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Nov 2012 10:09 GMT+01:00

After a long, tense night in which both Americans and Germans were glued to their televisions, politicians lined up to offer their support on Wednesday morning. Merkel quickly put out a statement inviting Obama to Germany.

“It would be my pleasure to welcome you, as my guest, to Germany once more,” she said, after hailing his re-election. Particular hot-topics for the two countries over the next four years would be the world economy, Iran's nuclear programme and their engagement in Afghanistan.

"I have deeply appreciated our many meetings and conversations about all the issues involved in developing the German-American and the transatlantic relationship, not least in overcoming the global financial and economic crisis," she wrote in a letter released by her office.

She also cited their cooperation on Afghanistan, where Germany has the third largest military contingent after the United States and Britain, and efforts to convince Iran to abandon sensitive nuclear work.

"I look forward to continuing all this cooperation so both our countries can continue to stand side-by-side to contend with the important foreign policy and economic challenges that we face as friends and allies," she wrote.

"I wish you continued strength and success in the second term before you."

Merkel, a conservative who faces an election next year, has placed a priority on transatlantic ties during her two terms but frequently clashed with Obama and his team on the right response to the European debt crisis.

While Merkel has argued that debt reduction was crucial to make economic growth sustainable, Obama has said that excessive austerity could snuff out any recovery and threaten the global economy.

President Joachim Gauck said in a statement that “I, and my country's people, offer you [Obama] our heartfelt congratulations.”

As equal partners, Germans the US both have a global responsibility, he said. Adding, “We are called upon to take on worldwide challenged and threats to freedom, peace, well-being and our environment.”

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he hoped the re-election would give German-US relations a new burst of energy, in order to strengthen global safety.

He also called for more free trade between American and Europe, saying that it was “a central European objective.” Discussions would have to begin as soon as possible, so that no more time would be lost in securing the already unstable world economy.

Bundestag Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Frank-Walter Steinmeier also congratulated Obama. “We need now to invest more in working together across the Atlantic,” he told national broadcaster ARD, adding that he believed the world's expectations of Germany were going to increase.

Others took to social network Twitter to offer their well-wishes. “I congratulate Barack Obama,” said Co-Chairman of the left-wing Linke party Bernd Riexinger. “I hope he looks after jobs, the American infrastructure and promotes fewer wars.”

Karsten Voigt, former head of German american relations and SPD politician told the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger that, “it's easy to see that the Republican party in the last few years have gone more towards the right, Americans have become more ideological and Obama is looking at the world more in an European way.”

Americans across the country gathered to events to watch the election, and celebrations are expected to carry on throughout the day.

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10:58 November 7, 2012 by pepsionice
When sequestration starts in the spring, and suddenly the Pentagon announces massive base closures in Germany....to meet the financial mess that exists....some German leaders will be fairly shocked. You can equate this election to Greek elections....unless the public is willing to accept budget cuts, and the President is capable of performing them....we are simply one step away from being Greece.
12:18 November 7, 2012 by trevzns
As one of the dyslexics on this post.

Apparently the fearmongers, the eurocentrist and those still clinging to the old colonist tactics of building forts and barriers, while circling their out numbered squatters wagons dont get it....its okay to compromise and share.
13:23 November 7, 2012 by trevzns
@angelfood

I can understand your disappointment. Not all theater performances have happy endings. Stupid is as stupid does.

And your fear-mongering and doomsday prophecy is myth and shameless. In our real world, the eurocentric shepherd in sheep clothing was not elected. Get over it....its only 4 more years.
16:01 November 7, 2012 by IchBinKönig
The recipient is now more important than the provider.
16:23 November 7, 2012 by Bulldawg82
I posted this on the comments of another political story, but I don't feel like expressing it again. So, I cut & pasted :) Well, America just spent 6 Billion dollars on this election and what did we get? The President is the same. Congress is the same and the Senate is still the same. We voted for a repeat of the last 4 years - gridlock and budget-less. The Status Quo we all bitched about - we just voted to keep. I hope all those that wasted their vote by voting for a Democrat or a Republican remember this. We keep doing the same things over and over and we keep expecting different results = INSANITY. 3rd party didn't even get 2% of the total vote. Verdict: The Americans themselves are the problem.
16:46 November 7, 2012 by trevzns
Surprise, surprise...the whiners, eurocentrist and ideologically challenged are experiencing emotional distress.
22:43 November 7, 2012 by TRJ
I disagree with Bulldawg. I believe something very different happened with this election. We have seen widespread repudiation of the ultra right Tea Party mentality which formed the basis for the Republican approach to create gridlock. States that voted for Romney elected Democratic Senators in so many instances that Democratic control of the Senate actually increased. Many of the most outspoken Tea Partiers who were elected two years ago were promptly thrown out by their constituents. The Tea Party obstructionist mandate is dead. People are so fed up with the right wing that they re-elected a President with unemployment north of 7.0% for the first time since Roosevelt. If you peel away the layers, you can see that this election presents a far different political landscape for the next four years.
16:55 November 9, 2012 by agbjr
Obama is a Marxist ... the sonofabitch and his minions despise the Constitution and anyone who takes responsibility for themselves and their finances. He is blatantly treasonous. It is about the Constitution and the preservation of OUR Republic!

"We have given you a Republic ... if you can keep it."

Benjamin Franklin upon publication of the Constitution, 1787.
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