The World From Berlin German Leaders 'Lack Backbone' For Shunning Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is about to visit Germany for four days but Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has refused an offer to meet him, Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Latin America and President Horst Köhler doesn't have time. German media commentators say Germany's leaders should clear their schedules for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.