Bush's Germany Trip Highlights an Ally

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Demonstrators opposed to U.S. actions in Iraq and Guantanamo are expected to greet President Bush when he travels to northern Germany to visit with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel wants to show the president her constituency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the former communist East Germany.

The German public is still mostly anti-Bush because of issues like Iraq, the treatment of terror suspects, global warming and the death penalty. But many political observers say President Bush's relations with Merkel are excellent, and he relies on the chancellor as his most useful ally in continental Europe.



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