The situation is further complicated by the fact that Washington doesn't seem to be of one mind concerning the aims it is actually pursuing in Iran. Regime change, as national security adviser John Bolton has in mind?
Since Donald Trump, who enjoys directing attacks against allies and particularly against Berlin, has become president, much discord and many contradictions have piled up.
[N]o one will find these trade wars funny in the end.
Trump was more likely just awed by the pomp and glamour of the British monarchy: The egomaniac was like a kid in a candy shop, totally blown away by it all.
There is an alternative, another political style.
Such an affront to Germany — formally such a close ally — would have been unconscionable a few years ago.
There is very little to suggest that both sides can resolve this conflict for the long term — how would they do it anyway?