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No serious contention likely in Obama-Merkel talks

FILE -- In this June 5, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama, left, reacts with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after their joint press conference at Dresden Castle in Dresden, Germany. FILE -- In this June 5, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama, left, reacts with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after their joint press conference at Dresden Castle in Dresden, Germany. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
June 26, 2009
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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel probably will hold to their disparate views on the Afghanistan war and economic policy in the midst of worldwide financial problems during a meeting Friday.

Despite touchy subjects, the two seemed to hit it off well during Obama's ceremonial visits this month to the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald and to Dresden, the German city firebombed by the Allies during World War II.

Merkel's 25-hour visit to Washington will be busy. It starts with energy and climate discussions with members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Then comes the White House talks with Obama, a joint news conference and lunch with Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.