In front of Krün Town Hall Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama signed the golden visitors’ book. The village of Krün, some 10 km from Schloss Elmau, is home to about 1,900 people.
The Chancellor was happy that President Obama had taken this opportunity before the summit to find out a bit more about German and Upper Bavarian culture. This is a region where traditional and modern life are inextricably intertwined. As the Chancellor said, "It is a lovely part of Germany."
She pointed to the close relations that link Germany and the United States of America. "This year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of German reunification, and I would like to take this opportunity to say 'Thank you' once again," said Angela Merkel.
In spite of some differences of opinion, the United States of America is Germany’s friend and partner, said the Chancellor. The two countries cooperate closely because it is in the best interests of both and because they share common values, she added. "And that is reflected in the fact that so many people are here."
President Obama also praised German-American friendship. "This morning we are celebrating one of the strongest alliances the world has ever seen," he said. "I came here in gratitude for our shared history." Barack Obama also pointed to the large number of Bavarian immigrants who have made their home in his own city, Chicago.
Afterwards the Chancellor and the US President discussed the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia at Schloss Elmau. They also exchanged views on NATO and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).