US expects 'incredibly close' ties with next German government

Mr Olaf Scholz will be Germany's first new chancellor after 16 years of the centre-right Angela Merkel. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said Wednesday (Nov 24) it expected strong relations with Germany's incoming centre-left-led government, pointing to shared values with Europe's largest economy.

"We have every expectation that the relationship between the United States and Germany will continue to be incredibly close and effective," a State Department spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that the US-German relationship is "built on shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

"We look forward to working with Germany's new government on our goals of revitalising the transatlantic partnership, increasing cooperation with our Nato allies and raising the level of ambition of our relationship with the EU."

Under a deal announced Wednesday, Mr Olaf Scholz is set to be the new chancellor in a deal bringing together the Social Democrats with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats.

He will be Germany's first new chancellor after 16 years of the centre-right Angela Merkel, who has led the country through four US presidencies.

President Joe Biden's administration has quickly moved to build a close relationship with Germany, including by controversially waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built with Russia.

Dr Merkel had a tense relationship with Mr Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who openly belittled her and criticised her welcome to migrants.

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