On the final visit to Poland before she steps down as German Chancellor, Merkel was given the cold shoulder by the Polish President Andrzej Duda.
A local news outlet reported the Polish President refused to meet up with Merkel in Warsaw on Saturday on her last trip before she steps down. The Polish President explained that he was out of town on a trip visiting Katowice that day and couldn’t meet, but some believe there’s more to this than meets the eye.
Many politicians believe the refusal to meet with the German leader was in protest against the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which Poland believes will give Russia too much leverage over the continent. This move by Germany the leader has said to have damaged relations between Berlin and Warsaw.