Germans do not want Obama in their country spreading racism and hatred for Americans. Germany's Merkel skeptical about Obama visit - CNN.com From Diana Magnay CNN BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama hasn't even set foot on European soil in the campaign. Yet rumors about what he might do in Germany have ruffled feathers in the German government. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced last month that he plans to visit Germany. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced last month that he plans to visit Germany. Obama's campaign announced last month that he plans to visit Germany as part of a trip to Europe and the Middle East this summer. Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced great skepticism about whether it's appropriate for Obama to speak at the Brandenburg Gate if he travels to Berlin. Merkel spokesman Thomas Steg told reporters Wednesday that it's inappropriate for candidates to campaign in Germany -- let alone at a historical landmark so full of symbolism. Former President Ronald Reagan was at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987 when he made famous remarks to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Feet away from the Berlin Wall which divided the city, Reagan said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Obama, however, is not the president, and some agree with Merkel that a speech at the Brandenburg Gate would not be appropriate. "I think he should sense right now at this very moment that the Brandenburg Gate is not the place to go," said Jan Techau of the German Council on Foreign Relations. "He should opt for another place. People have suggested the [town hall] where Kennedy spoke, which is less of a symbolic place, ironically,"