A Foreign Policy Conundrum Merkel and the EU Trapped between China and the U.S.

Tensions between the U.S. and China are on the rise, with Germany and Europe stuck in the middle. German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to find a solution, but plenty of hurdles stand in the way.
Chancellor Angela Merkel in Wuhan in September 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel in Wuhan in September 2019

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DER SPIEGEL 23/2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump: "COVID-19 has raised the temperature between the U.S. and China."

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump: "COVID-19 has raised the temperature between the U.S. and China."

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Dissident Joshua Wong together with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in September 2019 in Berlin: The respect for Merkel within the Beijing power apparatus is also rooted in the fact that the German chancellor has tended to choose more moderate tones when criticizing the country's human rights violations.

Dissident Joshua Wong together with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in September 2019 in Berlin: The respect for Merkel within the Beijing power apparatus is also rooted in the fact that the German chancellor has tended to choose more moderate tones when criticizing the country's human rights violations.

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