U.S. President Joe Biden, who takes office in January 2021, could not get through to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the American leader first wanted to inform about the normalization of transatlantic relations between the countries after the “turbulence” era of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump. This was reported by the American Wall Street Journal on September 22.
According to aides to the American leader, after moving to the White House in January, he decided that his first call to a foreign leader would be to Angela Merkel.
But the German chancellor was unwilling to change plans. She declined an offer to hold phone conversations on Friday afternoon because she was going to spend time at a country cottage near Berlin. There, the politician traditionally spends her weekends tending her vegetable garden and taking walks by the lake.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in office since 2005. This year her powers will expire. On the occasion of Merkel’s stepping down as Chancellor, a teddy bear factory in the German town of Coburg has created a collector’s bear for €189, the prototype of which was the politician.