A rift has quietly opened up between Germany and the United States, marked by official statements of harmony and private grumbling. It is not an outright crisis in relations, but there are underlying tensions and disagreements on matters ranging from the global economic crisis to the future of inmates held at Guantánamo Bay.As an example, according to the NY Times:
On a more basic level, there is a sense that the Obama administration is ignoring the needs and counsel of longtime allies. [Emph. added]
German government officials were outraged that a low-ranking American official was sent for the negotiations to find a way to keep the traditional automaker Opel going despite the bankruptcy of its parent company, General Motors, in the United States.PREVIOUSLY on the subject of Obama's foreign policy problems:
Amateur hour at the White House
Alienating allies, II
Obama's go-it-alone foreign policy
On the other hand:
Stalinists strongly approve of Obama.