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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with then-Vice President Biden in Berlin in February 2013. Photo: Maurizio Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images

President Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15, press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as Biden is on his first overseas trip as president, which he is using to attempt to reinvigorate ties between the U.S. and European allies that had been strained under former President Trump. He will meet Merkel in person at the G7 summit on Friday.

Context: Merkel, who is in her last year as chancellor, will be the third foreign leader to meet with Biden at the White House since he took office, following visits from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

  • German federal elections to select the next Bundestag, and subsequently the next chancellor, are expected to be held on Sept. 26.
  • Merkel will step down after 16 years as chancellor of Germany, a remarkably stable tenure.

The big picture: The U.S. and Germany have disagreed on key objectives throughout Biden's term so far, specifically on presenting a united front against China and Russia.

  • Merkel wants to strengthen European financial connections with the Chinese. She has been the most prominent European voice advocating for an EU-China investment deal, despite Beijing's human rights abuses and sanctioning of European lawmakers.
  • Germany also is determined to grow economically closer to Russia by completing the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between the two countries. Biden dropped sanctions against the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of the pipeline, citing the desire to repair relations with Germany and the difficulty of halting the nearly completed pipeline.
  • Germany also opposed the Biden administration's support for a proposal to waive certain patent protections for coronavirus vaccines, saying doing so would create “severe complications” for vaccine production.

What they're saying: "Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany," Psaki said in a statement.

  • "The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values," she added.

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Biden's European optimism collides with reality

President Biden departs for the United Kingdom. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

As President Biden departed Washington, he told reporters he was going to use his first foreign trip to make "clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G7 is gonna move."

Why it matters: The problem is his statements regarding the allies' shared objectives are not supported by the statements and actions of the allies themselves.

Jun 10, 2021 - World

What to expect from Biden's trip to Europe

Just two pals hanging out in Cornwall. Photo: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing St. via Getty

President Biden arrived in Europe for his first foreign trip bearing what could be a game-changing pledge: 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be shared with low- and middle-income countries over the next year.

The state of play: The remaining G7 members — Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and this year’s hosts, the U.K. — are set to pledge at least another 500 million to bring the total to 1 billion by mid-2021, per a draft communique seen by Bloomberg.

Jun 10, 2021 - World

Poll: U.S. image abroad rebounds sharply with Biden in office

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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States' image around the world has sharply improved since President Biden took office after dipping during the Trump administration, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 16 countries.

The big picture: The high marks come as Biden embarks on his first overseas trip as president. Though opinions of the U.S. have broadly increased internationally, people in allied countries did not express great confidence in the U.S. as an ally and were also concerned about its domestic politics.