This video says about itself:
Merkel under fire as media suggest state intelligence aided NSA spying
7 May 2015
The German Chancellor has come under fire over claims the country’s intelligence service helped America’s NSA spy on European companies for years.
From the Washington Post in the USA:
An elegant state dinner for Merkel, devoid of any drama
By Roxanne Roberts and Dan Zak, Wednesday, June 8, 5:27 AM
Elegant and uber-low-key, the state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel was remarkably unremarkable, without a hint of intrigue or jubilant abandon, devoid of any Hollywood names. No David Hasselhoff, no Heidi Klum, no one who might steal the spotlight from the head table.
There, in the Rose Garden in front of the Oval Office, President Obama and Merkel professed their mutual admiration before 208 guests seated at tables draped in white-sequined cloth. Prior to his toast, Obama awarded the German leader the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor.
So, Merkel gets the Medal of Freedom without having done anything for freedom.
There is just one thing Ms Merkel might conceivably get a medal for. For her plans for a long-term phase out of nuclear energy, making her differ favourably from other governments like in the USA or the Netherlands (where another nuclear reactor is planned) … Hey, wait a moment, until very recently, Merkel’s government wanted to continue with nuclear reactors, before they made an opportunistic electoralist U-turn which did not convince the electorate. So, the “medal” here should go to the Fukushima disaster and the German grassroots movement against nukes; not to Merkel.
Maybe Merkel, sort of, deserves a medal for Germany not participating in bombing Libya … well, err … that is due to the strong peace movement in Germany, and to divergences between US, French, British and German capitalist interests, rather than to Merkel. Meanwhile, Merkel’s Bundeswehr continues to participate in the bloody occupation of Afghanistan.
An attack on high-ranking German and Afghan military personnel has further revealed deep-seated popular hatred of the occupying NATO troops: here.
Obama certainly is not the first US president to award the Medal of Freedom to undeserving people. In 2009, George W. Bush awarded it to war criminal and liar Tony Blair, to his Australian Iraq war accomplice John Howard, and to Alvaro Uribe, ex-President of Colombia and world record holder in murdering trade unionists.
Obama may have thought that he might award the medal to Merkel undeservedly, as he himself got an award undeservedly. When he got the Nobel peace prize, it might still be defended, sorts of, as a slap in the face for his predecessor George W Bush, and because of his promises to close down Guantanamo, end torture, and end the Iraq war.
However, Obama’s post-Nobel record of not closing Guantanamo, not ending torture, not ending the Iraq war, escalating the Afghanistan war and starting the Libya war prove he should give back that prize so that it can be awarded to a genuine anti-war person.
Canada’s Conservative government has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces will play a leading role in the imperialist assault on Libya for weeks, possibly months, to come: here.
War Games: Bundeswehr Under Fire for Giving Kids Access to Guns: here.
2012 Medals of Freedom: here.