Marsh on Monday: Worlds will collide when the cautious Merkel meets the impetuous Trump

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Donald Trump and Angela Merkel are both interested in walls — and they may discuss them when they meet for the first time in the White House in Washington on Friday (the trip was postponed from Tuesday because of heavy snow expected in Washington).

What bonds, divides and disturbs the German and U.S. leaders is migration.

Trump’s solution, which even the president must know can only be a partial one, is to build a protective barrier separating the U.S. and Mexico. The German chancellor, in office since 2005, who in 1989 witnessed the fall of the Berlin wall first-hand as a 35-year-old functionary in East Germany’s Academy of Science, believes that walls are no answer.

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