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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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Scoop: Biden to host Boris Johnson at the White House next week

President Biden speaks at the White House during a virtual event with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden plans to host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House next week, according to people familiar with the preparations.

Why it matters: Rewarding Johnson with a White House visit is another indication that the two leaders plan to work collaboratively on COVID-19, China and climate change.

Biden's muddled China policy

President Biden looks at Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins them in virtual announcement of a trilateral nuclear submarine agreement. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden came into office with a plan for dealing with China that sounded great in theory but's failing in practice.

Why it matters: The idea was to confront China aggressively on a range of issues — from trade abuses to human rights — while working cooperatively on areas of mutual interest, including climate change. A new plan to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines makes that both-ways approach even less realistic.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.