German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she hoped that incoming US President Barack Obama will consult and cooperate with his international partners, and took a swipe at the unilateralism of George W. Bush by saying no country can solve the world’s problems on its own.
“I hope our cooperation will be characterized by listening to one another and taking decisions on the basis that any one country can’t solve the world’s problems on its own, but that we can only do it together. And I will meet him in that spirit,” Merkel told Germany’s ARD television on Tuesday ahead of Obama’s inauguration.
She said Obama’s inauguration as the first black president of the US was “a truly great hour for America” that offered “a multitude of opportunities.”
It’s worth noting that Merkel is a conservative, and is the leader of Germany’s “center-right” government. She’s another name on a long list of friends and allies excited for change in American foreign policy.