US President Joe Biden responds to journalists’ questions after speaking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and booster shots at the White House State Dining Room in Washington , USA, September 24, 2021.
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The american president Joe biden he said “I will be cursed” on Sunday, after a journalist told him that the Social Democratic Party was leading the way in Germany’s historic federal elections.
Biden, who had spent the weekend at Camp David, didn’t know who was going to win the German vote until he returned to Washington DC.
“They are solid,” Biden said of the results when told the SPD was expected to defeat Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance, according to Reuters.
The first results on Monday gave the center-left SPD the most votes with 25.9%. according to the country’s federal return official, with Merkel’s right-wing bloc of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union getting 24.1% of the vote.
Coalition negotiations will begin now, but could take weeks or even months.
The choice comes at a time of tense relations between Germany and the United States and the next German government will have to work closely with the Biden administration if both sides want to ease tensions.
The problems include the signing of a US defense contract with Australia, the difficult withdrawal of both countries from Afghanistan and the lack of a long-term solution to end ongoing trade tariffs. The United States also did not allow European travelers to enter the country this summer, even though the EU opened its doors to American visitors in June.
At the same time, the United States has also opposed Germany’s deal with the Russian energy company. Gazprom for a pipeline that is already completed and pending approval by German regulators.