U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel  while in Berlin, Germany on February 26, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/02/205191.htm.

“A Partnership Between Our Peoples”
President Obama presents German Chancellor Merkel the Medal of Freedom, June 7, 2011. [AP]

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany to the White House for an official visit and State Dinner on June 7, 2011. During the arrival ceremony, President Obama said:

"Today marks the first official visit and State Dinner for a European leader during my presidency. It’s only fitting. The transatlantic alliance is the cornerstone — is the heart — of our efforts to promote peace and prosperity around the world. And… more »