A Berlin versus Warsaw cleavage in NATO?


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) and French President Francois Hollande (not pictured) deliver a press conference in Berlin, Germany, 24 August 2015. Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko are set to hold talks focussing on the fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in Minsk in February amid fears of its collapse following an upsurge in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Berlin wants to lead the way towards reconciliation, operating within OSCE; Warsaw is more assertive and would rather deal with Russia through NATO

On Monday, one would have thought this was a day in which diplomacy was in a default “business as usual” setting in Berlin. But, something bigger is brewing.

Normandy Format

A bilateral meeting between Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande on Monday turned into a three way meeting, with President Poroshenko joining the Franco-German duel to discuss deteriorating conditions in Ukraine. President Putin was not physically present but consulted on phone.

The Chancellor pointed to worriso...

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