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Cold War past shapes complex Merkel-Putin relationship

BERLIN (Reuters) – After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the “KGB test” by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.

Unlike presidents in Washington – George W. Bush claimed to have gotten a glimpse of Putin’s soul and Barack Obama promised to “reset” relations with Russia – the German chancellor has never harbored any illusions about the former Soviet agent, nor hopes that she might change him.

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      "I run the Reuters news operations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland based in Berlin, and write regularly about German politics and European economic issues. I've reported from over 20 countries for Reuters since joining in the mid-1990s, including stints in Paris, London and New York."
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