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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump are expected at Davos this week, but do not plan to meet.

Trump has Germany thinking about getting nuclear weapons, but some think it’s a ‘totally phoney debate’

Trump's apparent disdain for the US's European allies has many of them rethinking their defense capabilities. In Germany, that means a renewed round of debate over whether nuclear weapons are needed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets members of the German Bundeswehr at an army barracks in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany, December 7, 2015.

Germany’s military is struggling amid rising tensions with Trump and Russia, and now it’s thinking about asking foreigners to join

Germany's military is a fraction of the size it was during the Cold War, and now, with elevated tensions in Europe, it's considering asking other countries' citizens if they want to join up.
(From L to R, first row) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders from NATO member and partner states are meeting for a two-day summit, which is being overshadowed by strong demands by U.S. President Trump for most NATO member countries to spend more on defense

NATO goes to emergency session after Trump reportedly gets undiplomatic with Merkel

NATO goes to emergency session after Trump calls Merkel 'Angela'

11 photos show how close Merkel was with Obama, and how different things are with Trump

The NATO summit in Brussels has put the strained relationship between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel back in the spotlight. It seems hard to believe that less than two years ago, Merkel was working harmoniously with former President Barack Obama.
The White House on Wednesday claimed John Kelly looked disappointed at the NATO summit in Brussels due to the limited breakfast options.

White House claims John Kelly looked ‘displeased’ at NATO summit because ‘because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were o...

The White House on Wednesday said the chief of staff, John Kelly, looked "displeased" at the NATO summit in Brussels "because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy.

Germany may not be ‘controlled’ by Russia — but Trump did have a point highlighting a growing connection between the 2 countries

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Germany was "controlled" by Russia because it gets "60% to 70%" of its energy from Russia. While Trump overstated Germany's reliance, the president did make a key point about Russia's economic plans.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed to have a "tremendous relationship" with Germany just hours after insulting it to its face at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump claims to have a ‘very, very good relationship’ with Merkel after he insulted Germany to its face and said Russia controlled it

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed to have a "very, very good relationship" with German Chancellor Angela Merkel just hours after causing an uproar at the NATO summit in Brussels when he said Germany was "controlled" by Russia.

Trump and Merkel are headed for a one-on-one showdown after Trump said Germany was Russia’s puppet

Germany's military is in a poor state, and its own defense minister has criticized a lack of readiness and defense spending. In May, the German news outlet Der Spiegel reported that only four of Germany's 128 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets were ready to fly combat missions.
A German air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis toward the runway at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska before departing for a combat-training mission, June 11, 2012.

Trump slams a weakened Germany as ‘controlled by Russia’ in blistering open to NATO summit

In May, the German news outlet Spiegel reported that only four of Germany's 128 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets were ready to fly combat missions. Germany's defense minister has called its budget "inadequate" as Chancellor Angela Merkel prioritizes social works over defense spending.

Trump was reportedly surprised by the number of US troops stationed in Germany and expressed interest in pulling some of them out

President Donald Trump, who has had a tenuous relationship with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, was said to have been surprised by the amount of US troops stationed there.