The Troubles of an Aging Marriage In Russia, Merkel Will Find Old Spark Is Gone

Not so long ago, senior German politicians made frequent visits to Russia. But few in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government have made any effort to deepen German-Russian relations. Berlin is in danger of losing the political and economic initiative to other countries courting Moscow.
Merkel (with Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Vladimir Putin, right): The situation is business as usual, but boredom is creeping into the relationship.

Merkel (with Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Vladimir Putin, right): The situation is business as usual, but boredom is creeping into the relationship.

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