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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was shaken when Russian President Vladimir Putin coldly admitted to her that he had sent troops into Crimea.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was shaken when Russian President Vladimir Putin coldly admitted to her that he had sent troops into Crimea.
(Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Doug Saunders

Why leaders want Angela Merkel to turn nasty on Russia

Is Angela Merkel going to turn nasty? As the leaders of the major Western countries of the G7 gather in the Netherlands Monday to attempt to reach agreement on punishments to be imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea, the central question is whether the German chancellor is willing to switch Germany’s approach to Russia from carrots to sticks.