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Merkel pushes closer ties with California

DPA/The Local · 15 Apr 2010, 08:24

Published: 15 Apr 2010 08:24 GMT+02:00

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Merkel used her visit to the west coast – the first by a German chancellor since Helmut Kohl in the 1990s – to push the need to build smarter industries and grow the technology sector through stronger ties with places such as Silicon Valley.

“I believe it’s important to visit the west coast even once and not just always turn to the east coast,” Merkel said at a meeting in Los Angeles with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The one disappointment was the no-show by Hollywood stars Bruce Willis and Nicole Kidman at Villaraigosa’s welcoming lunch for the chancellor at the Paul Getty Center. However, Kidman's compatriot, fellow Australian and star of the US TV series The Mentalist, Simon Baker, did take time to show Merkel around the Warner Bros studio.

Merkel was to bring her four-day visit to the US, which also took in President Barack Obama’s nuclear security summit in Washington, to an end with a visit to San Francisco on Thursday. There she was to address students and staff at the elite Stanford University and visit German technology firms based in Silicon Valley, the hub of the US tech sector.

Merkel said California – which if it were a country would have the world’s eighth largest economy – was an ideal partner for Germany, not just for business, science and artistic relationships but also as a headquarters for building a relationship with Asia.

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California was an “open land” characterised by “global thinking,” she said.

“We can quite dramatically build our relationships here.''

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11:17 April 15, 2010 by Portnoy
Sure, first bailout Greece and then California. Go Merkel, you hapless schoolmarm!
11:18 April 15, 2010 by Kayak
If I read it right, then Frau M. wants to make California the German headquarters for "building a relationship with Asia."

Wie bitte?

Why does Germany need to access "Asia" (China) through California?

Why not access Asia from Berlin/Hamburg/Frankfurt/Munich?
12:37 April 15, 2010 by Frenemy
well... there's a pesky little landmass named North America and this thing called the Pacific Ocean...

(...if only global warming would accelerate itself...)
12:57 April 15, 2010 by Kayak
@Frenemy: The article uses the word "Headquaters" and not "stepping stone" but I take your point.

But I would guess that using the USA as a stepping stone wouldn't please the locals (no pun intended).

Are the Chinese now headquartered on the US-East coast so that they can sell to Europe without the aid of Global Warming?
13:19 April 15, 2010 by dbert4
"Are the Chinese now headquartered on the US-East coast so that they can sell to Europe..."

Actually it's SELL to the US and BUY from Europe or Germany actually. Wow must be nice to manufacture products that someone wants to buy.
14:23 April 15, 2010 by janreg58
Artistic relationships, what?!
14:50 April 15, 2010 by Hebbellover
dbert4...wow you sure have really good quips!
15:46 April 15, 2010 by dbert4
@Hebbellover - Might want to "remind" your Bio-chemical engineer son to work for the Chinese.
15:57 April 15, 2010 by saucymugwump
The USA already has a "headquarters for building a relationship with Asia." It's called Walmart.

And speaking of outsourcing, California is busy sending many jobs overseas. HP used to make computers, printers, and other equipment in California and Colorado. Now they are all made in China and India. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, outsourced thousands of HP jobs to China and then said to outraged workers "There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation." Now she is running for the California Senate. Obviously she was only concerned about one job in the nation.

For more, see http://saucymugwump.blogspot.com/2010/03/carly-fiorina-narcissistic-outsourcer.html
16:09 April 15, 2010 by fritzwiz
Relax everyone. This is merely a junket, a U.S. term for a vacation paid for by the Government. A flimsy excuse such as "boosting our relationship with California", is all that is needed to put the trip on the expense account. I hope She had a enjoyable time.

17:13 April 15, 2010 by Henckel
@ Kayak and Frenemy: It sounds like something from 100 years ago, but with container shipping and transcontinential unit freight trains, it's still relevant today. The idea is to combine transatlantic and transpacific shipping with use of America's transcontinental railroads, which have been consolidated as the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. What had once been six competing systems now comprise two great networks just waiting for such international through freight.
19:46 April 15, 2010 by wmm208
"Someone please buy our solar panels that we cannot subsidize anymore. Surely, their are some pot smoking Klimwandel believers in this state?"
20:22 April 15, 2010 by wenddiver
California, lived there. Makes Greece look like ecnomic puritans. If a European country ever sent a leader to the middle of the country they would understand America a lot better.

BMW and Mercedes seem to like Alabama and the Japanese seem happy building factories in Misissippi, but no leaders ever come and see what their business people have accomplished.
21:57 April 15, 2010 by wmm208
Nah, German cars are only like 2% - 3% of the US auto sales market. Even GM sells more and GM is bankrupt....Those days of buying German cars in the US are over.
22:43 April 15, 2010 by dbert4
@wmm208 - nah, seems like the German's didn't get your memo!

From Reuters: "German carmakers to grow U.S. market share - German carmakers are expected to sell more than 800,000 vehicles in the United States this year, up from 763,000 in 2009.

Total market share rose 0.6 percentage points to 7.3 percent last year. The forcast from last year's Detroit show that German carmakers would increase their share of the U.S. market to 10 percent in the mid-term."

Remember, before making lame and erroneous statements - GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND! Idiot!
23:56 April 15, 2010 by wmm208
dbert: Right, and your google reference is sooo reliable. here are the "Real #'s". Look who is the "idiot" now. Ungloublisch....Schlampe....

German auto sales in the U.S. - please check the most recent 1st quarter/2010 sales results in the US:

Daimler - 2% of the market

BMW - 2.1% of the market

Porsche - 0.2% of the market

and mighty VW/Audi - 3.9% of the market

The grand total of German cars in the U.S., is well below the current sales level of recently bankrupt Chrysler (9.2%) and far below either Honda or Toyota; not to mention that at least one producer, Benz, has had its reputation destroyed in North America by their incompetent management at the aforementioned Chrysler.
11:35 April 16, 2010 by dbert4
@wmm208 - I guess we now know the "pschvogel's" new name.

ADD your numbers, if you education will allow it. Your previous "talking our your arsch" number of "2% - 3%" has now been replaced 8.2% which is higher than the number that Reuters reported.
15:47 April 16, 2010 by wmm208
There is nothing that i love more than proving some loser like dbert who uses "google" to quantify his opinion's however, people like dbert have no statistical and research abilities because he never completed an advanced degree. However, he knows his social order in the grand scheme of life and he knows he will never amount to much. A Willy Loman if you would. So sad…

I am happy to complete my thorough analysis of proving and debunking all of dbert's comments because he has no sound economic judgment. He uses emotionally charged irrational snap to judge movements for all his lamented accusations. He fails to understand ratio's and %'s and what they mean when presenting "facts". And oh, yes, he uses "Google". He uses "philosophy" to answer the worlds problems and debates rather than facts and statistics. Typisch… Thank heavens you don¦#39;t work within a finance or banking capacity. You would be fired in a heartbeat with your wrong facts and statistics.


00:12 April 17, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I find it interesting in how there are so few intelligent comments here on The Local. So many resort to verbal jabs instead real opinions.

America has a lot to offer Germany. Some of the largest tech companies are here. And as for fine art, Germany could use some influences in this area. Perhaps they could take some of their technical creativity and create extraordinary paintings and sculptures.

Art is a language and therefore a form of communication.

Such things will always be valuable to the world.
18:11 April 17, 2010 by OMFG
@wmm208 - Had you stayed silent, you would have been a philosopher...
21:53 April 17, 2010 by wmm208
Ford is best selling brand in Europe...Schade...

Ford said today that sales of new cars and trucks in its 19 primary European countries increased 16.1% in March as it sold 192,500 vehicles, making it the best selling brand for the month.

The company¦#39;s sales increase also outpaced industry sales, which increased 11.5% in March compared with the same month last year.

Ford also said its market share increased to 10.4%, up 0.4 percentage points from last March, and marked the company¦#39;s highest share of industry sales since August 1998.

Ford's sales gains were led by the Ford Fiesta subcompact car, which accounted for 35% of its total sales volume. Ford sold 68,000 Fiesta¦#39;s in March.

The Fiesta has been among the company¦#39;s best selling vehicles since a redesigned version was introduced in the fall of 2008 and was the second-best selling car in Europe in 2009, behind the Volkswagen Golf. For Most of 2009, Ford was Europe's second-best selling brand behind Volkswagen.
23:08 April 17, 2010 by dbert4
@Wmm208/Pschvogel- You're a tool, schade! You're a moron, unglaublich!

@Logic Guy - America has a lot to offer Germany? Such as ....how to shut down their industry and off-shore?
23:49 April 17, 2010 by wmm208
Wow, looks like the typisch German is getting "hostile" over nothing again. Anger management school should help this wrong boy. That is a wonderful trait of the German. Lets get angry at everyone for their own problems. Typisch. The social system at work. Blaming society therough "blowups" and "fits of rage" such as dbert for individual decision making. However, he knows his place in the order of society because he took a test at age 9 that told him his fate. Amerika has so much more to offer than Germany. And "Made in Germany" is los. It used to mean something but Germany is going thru the same globization that US went thru 20 years ago. Say goodby to the export - weltmeister traum. Most German products wont be made in Germany in the next few years. Sorry, that is a reality. Even Mercedes makes their car parts in China. Schade...
02:25 April 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ wmm208:

Welcome back, peschvogel. I see they let you assume another identity. We all missed you in a warped sort of way.
02:58 April 18, 2010 by wmm208
I feel great. Its wonderful to be back. I had vacation for 2 weeks and looks like i didnt miss a step. Wunder zuper schoen
11:42 April 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ wmm208:

It's great that you feel great and refreshed from your 2 week vacation from flaming. Did you notice that all of your previous posts as peschvogel have been deleted?
14:15 April 18, 2010 by dbert4
@Prufrock2010 - I'm sure that Peschvogel spent the past two weeks "earning" another advanced degree, makes him an even greater authority on the decline of Germany. Schade, unglaublich!

He now has 1,3 mm of common sense. I believe his decline to be irreversible, schade!
18:01 April 18, 2010 by wmm208
I had a wonderful vacation in the Carribean. Its cheap and so much sun. : ) Sorry, but did i miss something and why do you attack me? 1,3 mm?
02:52 April 23, 2010 by cyberknight
Someone asked "Why does Germany need to access "Asia" (China) through California?"


The China Ocean Shipping Co., or COSCO operates out of the port of Long Beach, Calif.
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