German Chancellor Merkel, visiting U.S., leaves troubles at home

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit the U.S. starting on Tuesday and be presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Associated Press)German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit the U.S. starting on Tuesday and be presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Associated Press)
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Mr. Obama will present her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by an American leader. In a German newspaper interview published Monday, Mr. Obama praised Mrs. Merkel.

“I consult with the chancellor on every important issue on my international agenda, and I very much appreciate her pragmatism and straight talk,” he said.

Sumi Somaskanda in Berlin contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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