Scott Detrow

The Biden administration insists that Thursday's meeting between President Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "very much a forward-looking visit," but it'll be hard not to look back as she approaches the end of nearly two decades in power.

Biden and Merkel will touch on many of the issues that have dominated the president's one-on-one meetings with other world leaders: climate change, COVID-19, China's rising influence and Russian cyberattacks, among other topics.

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