Breedlove's Bellicosity Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Top NATO commander General Philip Breedlove has raised hackles in Germany with his public statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Top NATO commander General Philip Breedlove has raised hackles in Germany with his public statements about the Ukraine crisis.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama after a Feb. 9 meeting in Washington: Increasing pressure on America's more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama after a Feb. 9 meeting in Washington: Increasing pressure on America's more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.

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US diplomat Victoria Nuland: Paving the way for weapons deliveries.

US diplomat Victoria Nuland: Paving the way for weapons deliveries.

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