"We're not yet at divorce. But we're already at a much lower level of cohabitation than before."
That is how Mr Peter Beyer, the German politician in charge of coordinating his country's relations with the United States, reacted to the recent announcement that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of almost 10,000 US troops from Europe.
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