BERLIN (Reuters) – Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
For weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her three-month old coalition government have gone out of their way to avoid antagonizing Vladimir Putin, remaining measured even as Washington and other capitals ratcheted up the rhetoric.
BERLIN (Reuters) – In his first major speech since losing the French presidency in 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy weighed in on euro zone integration, the Ukraine conflict and the risks of weak leadership in Europe to an adoring crowd of fellow conservatives in Berlin.
Despite promising to leave politics for good after his bitter defeat to Socialist Francois Hollande, Sarkozy has since hinted he may return “out of duty”. Polls show he is the clear favorite among right-wing voters to run for president in 2017.