What could possibly explain such bizarre and counterproductive behavior?
Armin Laschet was seen laughing during a Saturday visit to address devastating floods in Western Europe.
The German chancellor and the president have not settled their differences over the gas pipeline.
Parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands were hit with around two months' worth of rain on Thursday.
Biden spoke about Merkel's roles in cultivating the "enduring friendship" between the U.S. and Germany as her 16 years in office come to a close.
The former president allegedly referred to his late father Fred Trump as "the biggest kraut of them all."
Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit, carrying a bag full of issues to discuss.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said the meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday will be important for "developing a common position" on a disputed pipeline.
"She can now perhaps take away the fears of people...who were or are worried about this so-called cross-vaccination," a spokesman for the German chancellor said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined other EU lawmakers in criticizing a Hungarian law that will ban sharing LGBT or sex reassignment content with children, saying the legislation "is wrong" and "incompatible" with her political ideals.
One expected order of business is a revision of the NATO charter to include cyberattacks among the actions that would prompt a collective response from the alliance's member nations.
United States President Joe Biden is on his first overseas trip since taking office in January, but where does he stand on the world stage?
As world leaders gather in Cornwall, England this week, one issue will be at the forefront of their plans: Defeat the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the world the past year and prevent it from happening again.
The Group of Seven met Friday in Cornwall, England for the first in-person gathering in two years. The day also included a reception with Queen Elizabeth II, her son Prince Charles and her grandson Prince William.
World leaders from the U.S., Canada, the EU and elsewhere have all made statements condemning Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's actions.
German authorities pepper-sprayed protesters that gathered near the Reichstag building in Berlin on Wednesday to oppose new COVID-19 restrictions detailed in a proposal from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.
A clip of the German chancellor's faux pas at the Bundestag has been watched more than 3 million times.
A spokesman for the German chancellor said social media companies should not "stand back" when users incite violence or spread hate.
German chancellor told the Bundestag "I really am sorry from the bottom of my heart" regarding proposed restrictions to curb the disease.
The words "You damn children and old people murderers" were seen written on the side of the car, which was surrounded by emergency service workers.
As Joe Biden takes the lead over Donald Trump in key battleground states, the rest of the world is watching on.
A leading member of the AfD party was stripped of his official titles after he was recorded on tape suggesting the killing of migrants.
Only 16 percent of adults surveyed across 14 countries said they had confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to world affairs.
Despite global condemnation of the Novichok attack on the Kremlin critic, the E.U. and the U.S. may find it hard to sanction Russia.
"Russia pointed out that foreign attempts to interfere in the country's domestic affairs were unacceptable," the Kremlin said in a statement.
"The only solution is martial law on the border, putting the United States Army in charge of it," retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor said in 2019.
The director-general of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China, where the virus was first reported, has previously warned not wearing masks is a "big mistake."