Bromance Doesn’t Translate to German

When Emmanuel Macron met Donald Trump this week, the body language was downright cuddly. Angela Merkel’s Friday visit is likely to be much frostier. But will it actually make a difference?

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French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump confer before a working session of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. The European leaders have starkly different visits to Washington this week — Macron’s an elaborate state dinner and Merkel’s a planned 20-minute Oval Office talk followed by a working lunch.

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Merkel and Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House during their first face-to-face meeting on March 17, 2017.

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Macron and Trump embrace after a handshake during a joint news conference at the White House on April 24. Their physical closeness belied their foreign-policy differences.

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Merkel and Trump awkwardly cross paths during a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 6, 2017.

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More handholding and grins as Trump and Macron walk into the Oval Office on April 24.

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Trump and Merkel shake hands after their news conference on March 17, 2017. Their physical contact to date has been scant and formal.

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Trump and Macron lean in to shake hands during an Oval Office photo-op on April 24.

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Merkel greets Trump at the start of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7, 2017.

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Trump welcomes Macron to the White House during the state arrival ceremony on April 24. Cheeks were kissed.

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Trump and Merkel share a table during a panel discussion to roll out the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative during the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017.

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Trump conducts some personal grooming on Macron in the Oval Office on April 24.

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Trump and Merkel exit a joint news conference in Washington on March 17, 2017.

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Trump leads Macron to the Oval Office on April 24. There is more handholding.

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