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by Oui on Fri Apr 10th, 2020 at 09:56:40 PM EST
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Germany used to be one of the most reliably pro-US countries in Europe, but, as you write in your sig line, the rift keeps increasing.

Berlin lets mask slip on feelings for Trump's America - Politico.eu

The crisis has convinced Germans that Trump is not just untrustworthy, but dangerous.
 Even Merkel has declined to give Washington the benefit of the doubt.

"For me, it's important that we get to the bottom of it," she said during a press conference on Monday. "We have contradictory statements out there, but I think it should be possible to clear it up."

So far, that's proved tricky.

What is known is that Berlin police placed an order for at least 200,000 "FFP-2" masks, which provide more protection than conventional surgical masks, from a German medical supplier. The supplier, which Berlin officials have yet to name, ordered the masks in Asia.

Just as the masks, which had been paid for in advance, were about to be dispatched from Bangkok to Germany, the order was redirected to the U.S., according to Martin Pallgen, a spokesman for Berlin's interior ministry.

But Pallgen and other Berlin officials are relying on information provided by the unnamed supplier, who they say told the city's police department that the masks were redirected as a result of a "U.S. directive."

by Bernard on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 08:31:15 AM EST
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