Barack Obama will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in next month’s high-profile forum in Berlin in his first trip to Europe since leaving office in January, The Daily Caller said.
Obama will travel to Germany and will join Merkel in a discussion panel in one of the special events this summer in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that started in Germany in the early 1500s. The discussion panel is co-sponsored by the Obama Foundation.
Despite a diplomatic crisis that marred U.S.-German relations as a result of revelations in 2013 that the National Security Council was spying on Merkel, both Obama and Merkel were seen having a cooperative relationship. Last November, Obama called Merkel his “closest ally” during a trip to Germany.
The former commander-in-chief will arrive in Germany on the same day President Donald Trump is due to arrive in Brussels for a meeting with other European leaders of NATO, which happens to be president’s first overseas trip since taking office.