Obama will join a joint discussion on democracy with Merkel in Germany
The former President is due to hold a speech in Berlin and take part in a live discussion with Merkel, titled “Actively shaping democracy, taking responsibility at home and abroad”.
Trump, who once called the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation “obsolete,” is scheduled to appear at a Nato leaders’ summit in Brussels the same day.
In what some believe is an attack on Trump’s anti-immigration policies, Merkel and Obama will speak on a stage at the Brandenburg Gate, which stands as a symbol of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Cold War.
In contrast, Mr Trump has been publicly critical of the German Chancellor, particularly her willingness to allow refugees into the country.
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EU a vehicle for Germany
Trump previously hit out at the EU, claiming the crumbling Brussels bloc was “a vehicle for Germany” and suggested more countries will follow Britain’s “smart” decision in voting to leave.
Democrat Obama has been vocal in his opposition to his successor’s policies, saying he “fundamentally disagrees” with Trump’s proposed immigration ban.
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The gate was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace
Obama enjoys high popularity ratings in Germany and has previously endorsed Merkel saying “if I were German and I had a vote I’d support her”.
He joked that he didn’t know if that “helps or hurts”.
The move will be seen as a way to undermine Trump when he visits Europe
It follows reports that Merkel’s coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) is now six percentage points clear, according to the latest poll by the Forsa Institute.
The coalition is currently in a strong position on 36 percent of the vote with Mr Schulz’s Social Democratic Party party the second most popular.
The news will come as a boost to the 62-year-old German leader who had been under fire over growing concerns about the future state of the economy and the migrant crisis, with German voters seemingly approving of her new tougher stance.