Frau Merkel e a Rússia

Matéria interessante sobre o papel de Frau Merkel na crise ucraniana. A Chanceler está à frente da principal potência européia, sabe ser prudente e firme e conhece bem os russos – melhor que qualquer outro líder ocidental. De toda maneira, está à frente da Alemanha, que há cem anos tem uma relação um pouco conturbada com a Rússia…

File photo shows German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin listening to their national anthems before talks at Chancellery in Berlin

03/04/2014 12:56 PM

Crimean Crisis – All Eyes on Merkel

By  and Gregor Peter Schmitz

As the conflict with Russia over Crimea intensifies, Germany is playing a central role in communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the international community has doubts that Chancellor Angela Merkel can pull it off.

Germany had only recently announced the end of its era of restraint. German President Joachim Gauck, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen of the Christian Democrats and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the Social Democrats have all argued that it’s time for Germany to play a greater role in the world.

Steinmeier couldn’t have expected that he would need to follow-through on his push for an “aggressive foreign policy” so quickly. But the dramatic escalation in Crimea needs quick answers and it has become a focus of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government in Berlin.

“Europe is, without a doubt, in its most serious crisis since the fall of the Berlin Wall,” Steinmeier said on Monday. “Twenty-five years after the end of the conflict between the blocs, there’s a new, real danger that Europe will split once again.” Continuar lendo