Merkel's Address Will Mark Wall's Fall





BERLIN -- Chancellor Angela Merkel will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a speech Tuesday to the U.S. Congress, a rare honor for a German leader, but political observers say she is expected to face tough questions from the U.S. about Germany's contributions to the economic recovery, Iran and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama could make uncomfortable demands on Ms. Merkel now that September's German elections are out of the way, analysts say. The U.S. expects Germany to start delivering on a range of issues, though German officials have played down any tensions. The U.S. is looking for help from Germany and other major exporters to rebalance the world economy, with the aim of making it less reliant on American consumers by boosting demand in Europe and Asia...

... Ms. Merkel's invitation to address Congress is being viewed in Germany as a rare honor. Then-chancellor Konrad Adenauer's address to the House of Representatives in 1957 is the nearest precedent...



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