When Americans are talking about Germany, the topic of Munich’s Oktoberfest pops up in many conversations. Presidents are no exception, abendzeitung-muenchen.de, reported yesterday, Monday, April 25, 2016. During his two-day visit to Germany president Barack Obama said that he regrets that he hasn’t had a chance to visit the Munich beer festival before, but he plans to do it soon. Abendzeitung and other local media are now speculating whether President Obama might visit next year’s instalment of the traditional annual festival.
President Obama opened one of Europe’s most important fairs in Hannover on Sunday, April 24. In 2016 the United States are the Partner Country at the world’s most important trade fair for industrial technology, which runs 25–29 April in Hannover, Germany. Obama appeared at the fair’s official opening ceremony on Sunday, 24 April, and took the traditional opening tour of the fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday morning.
The United States is Partner Country at HANNOVER MESSE for the first time. Roughly 250 companies from the world’s largest economy will present their solutions for networked industry at the Hannover Exhibition Center and meet potential business partners from all over the world. "This is my chance to tell people come here and buy 'Made in America'," President Obama said at the fair, adding that he was "proud to showcase America's spirit of innovation." Below is a video of Obama strolling through the fair.
During his two-day visit, Obama met with German Chancellor Merkel, opened the fair and also met with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The agenda of the talks covered the fight against the "Islamic State" ("IS") extremist group in Syria and Iraq, EU membership, the migrant crisis, the proposed US-European TTIP trade deal and ways of countering Russian aggression in Ukraine.