August 22, 2014

Merkel Takes Charge of Pacifying Ukraine

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

As keeps happening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a leading role on the global stage -- this time in resolving the Ukraine crisis. Of all the world leaders, she's the one visiting Kiev tomorrow on the eve of Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expects nothing less than a "Merkel Plan" to rival the U.S.'s post-World War II Marshall Plan for Europe.

As usual, however, Merkel will probably damp expectations of anything spectacular, while playing the part that falls to her by default.

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TAGGED: Angela Merkel, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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