German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday night Finnish time.

Merkel and Biden will hold a press conference at 11:15 pm Finnish time.

ISTV will show the event live in the video window above.

Merkel is the third foreign and first European head of state hosted by Biden during his presidency.

In the past, leaders from Japan and South Korea have visited Washington.

The visit takes place at a time when Germany is struggling with destructive futures.

Several dozen people have died and are missing from heavy rains and floods.

Merkel has said she is shocked by the situation.

Biden and Merkel were expected to discuss, among other things, trade relations, the corona pandemic, the security situation in Afghanistan, cyber security and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project opposed by the United States.

The meeting is also a continuation of the strengthening of US-German relations after Donald Trump’s presidency.

During a visit to Berlin in June, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised that "the United States has no better friend in the world than Germany."

Merkel’s term as Chancellor, which began in 2005, is due to end after the September election, so the visit to the United States is likely to be the last of her term.

Merkel has worked with four different U.S. presidents during her long term as Chancellor.

The White House has emphasized that this is, to the greatest extent possible, a working visit and not a ceremonial farewell to Merkel.

Nord Stream is rubbing

The United States and Germany are close allies, and the relationship flourished especially when Barack Obama was in the White House.

The relationship between the countries weakened momentarily during Trump’s presidency as Trump criticized Germany and many other NATO countries for under-investing in defense.

Abrasions between the Trump and Merkel administrations were also caused by trade policy.

Biden’s rise to U.S. leadership has again improved the gap between countries. The most significant cause of friction is the Nord Stream 2 project, which the United States believes is playing in Russia's bag. The United States believes that the pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany will increase Europe's dependence on Russian energy and weaken Ukraine's position, as gas will no longer pass through Ukraine.