Note to the US: Germany has come of age

Both countries have changed and should move beyond a relationship built on nostalgia

BERLIN • When then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 2003 declined to pledge allegiance to the United States and refused to send troops to Iraq, ties between the two countries hit a new low.

Saying no to the demands of the US, then under the presidency of Mr George W. Bush, was a first for post-war Germany.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2020, with the headline 'Note to the US: Germany has come of age'. Print Edition | Subscribe