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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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