Merkel ‘s diplomatic roller-coaster: first Trump then Putin

CLEMENS BILAN

The German Air Force plane Airbus A340 'Theodor Heuss' sits on the tarmac after the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the area of the German Armed Forces at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, USA, 16 March 2017. Merkel is scheduled to meet US President Donald J. Trump in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 17 March 2017.

Merkel ‘s diplomatic roller-coaster: first Trump then Putin


Chancellor Angela Merkel is in a diplomatic roller-coaster amidst a political minefield.

She is meeting President Donald Trump on Friday, for the first time since his election. And on Thursday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin confirmed that a bilateral meeting has been fixed for May 2 in Moscow, Reuters reports. That is the first bilateral rather than conflict-mediation meeting since 2014.

Meanwhile, Merkel is campaigning for her reelection against Martin Schulz, the former President o...


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