A meeting of the so-called Washington Group - representatives of Greece's creditors as well as the governments of Germany, France, Spain and Italy, the biggest eurozone economies - failed to break a deadlock on Greek debt as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Berlin remain divided on the length of upfront extension on bailout loans.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about a US trade deficit with Germany and his belief that the country must pay more for the NATO military alliance, AFP reported.
"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military," he wrote. "Very bad for U.S. This will change."
Germany's Angela Merkel was never a big European visionary strategist. She never aspired to be one. When she came to power, it was obvious she would much prefer to concentrate on Germany's issues rather than spend time on determining overall European policies.