Berlin on Tight Security for Obama's First Official Visit

Created: 2013-06-19 09:32 EST

Category: World > Europe

The German capital woke up to a heavy police presence on Wednesday (June 19) as the city hosts U.S. President Barack Obama on his first official trip to Berlin.

Police vans, dogs and barriers could be seen throughout the city as part of a vast safety operation.

Security services were out in force around the president's hotel and near the Brandenburg Gate, where Obama is scheduled to make a speech to 4000 invited guests later in the day.

The U.S. president arrived in the capital after attending G8 meetings in Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening (June 18). Obama is set to complete a full itinerary in the German capital, which includes talks and dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the large-scale speech.

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