Historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un and tough times for Merkel in Berlin: Interview with Handelsblatt Global Editor-in-Chief Andreas Kluth

 

The historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un captured the world’s attention this week, receiving both praise and criticism. We spoke to Andreas Kluth, editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Global about the response from Berlin.

Kluth says the reaction in Germany was “overwhelmingly bad,” because of an “incredible frustration in Germany that Trump treats his enemies better than his friends.”

In Berlin, Angela Merkel faces a tough time with Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer over migration policy. Seehofer proposes turning refugees away at the German border if they had applied for asylum in another European country, while Chancellor Merkel believes in a broader, more unified European approach.

Kluth says, “I think this is extremely dangerous for Angela Merkel and I even think, it’s not an exaggeration, that it’s possible that this could topple her. Her Chancellorship could be nearing its ends over this.”

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