Merkel in the Middle as Post-Cold War Europe Falters | Nathan Gardels

February 13, 2015 10:52 PM

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Merkel in the Middle as Post-Cold War Europe Falters | Nathan Gardels

The whole idea of European integration was to anchor Germany in Europe to avoid another world war and to spread prosperity across the continent with a single market and common currency. Russia agreed to German unification after the Cold War in exchange for the West not absorbing Europe's eastern frontier into its sphere of influence.

Now democratically elected governments in Athens and Kiev -- and the responses in Berlin and Moscow -- are challenging both post-Cold War arrangements. Angela Merkel, as chancellor of Europe's unrivaled power, has become, for better and worse, the crisis manager in the middle.

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