Persistent but calm, Merkel's leadership on Ukraine reflects rising German diplomatic ambition

August 20, 2014 6:19 PM

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Persistent but calm, Merkel's leadership on Ukraine reflects rising German diplomatic ambition

BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.

Merkel and her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have put Berlin at the forefront of so-far frustrating diplomatic efforts, as many European nations focus on domestic troubles and the U.S. is engaged in crises elsewhere.

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