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Europe's Reluctant Leader Germany Searches for Its Role in the World

Germany is still struggling to find its role in the world. But what does the world want from Germany? From Washington to Warsaw, Beijing to Brussels, many are wondering where Berlin's foreign policy is headed.
The leaders of the G-7 countries convene in France.

The leaders of the G-7 countries convene in France.

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The manufacture of pipes for use in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline: Some of Germany's allies have criticized its close cooperation with Russia.

The manufacture of pipes for use in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline: Some of Germany's allies have criticized its close cooperation with Russia.

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A container ship in Shanghai: China has tranformed from being an important trading partner to being a direct competitor of Germany.

A container ship in Shanghai: China has tranformed from being an important trading partner to being a direct competitor of Germany.

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A German Eurofighter jet in Estonia: The U.S. is pressuring its NATO partners in Europe to increase their defense expenditures.

A German Eurofighter jet in Estonia: The U.S. is pressuring its NATO partners in Europe to increase their defense expenditures.

Ints Kalnins/ REUTERS
French soldiers in Burkina Faso: Macron feels he has been left in the lurch by Berlin.

French soldiers in Burkina Faso: Macron feels he has been left in the lurch by Berlin.

Michele Cattani/ AFP
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