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How Merkel Can Win the Wrestling Match Against Putin

Russia aims to be a global power, on equal footing with the United States. This is understandable with regard to the self-image of Russia as the successor of the Soviet Union, which was indeed one pole in a bipolar world order — on equal footing with the Unites States. But the ambition is not backed up by corresponding power resources.

Merkel’s Year of Crisis Leadership - The Trusted Partner

By Stephen F. Szabo

WASHINGTON—Angela Merkel was not a born Atlanticist, having come of age in East Germany under a Communist regime. While she did not grow up in the deep networks that underpin German-American relations, this formative experience taught her the central importance of open and liberal societies and this meant giving priority to Germany’s relationship with the United States.