For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a trip to New Zealand on Friday will be the only relaxing part of her weekend journey to the land down under.
Ms. Merkel and Prime Minister John Key traveled to Motutapu Island to visit a sanctuary for kiwis, the national symbol of New Zealand. She released a female kiwi bird into the wild.
It was a little diversion before the chancellor continued on to Australia, where she was to be confronted by global leaders who are expected to be far less welcoming. The leaders of the world’s 20 leading industrialized nations and emerging economies are meeting in Brisbane this weekend for the latest G20 summit.
It’s looking again like it will be Ms. Merkel against the world.