The Despot Dilemma Germany Divided over How to Deal with Dictators

Speculation about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's possible departure for Germany for medical treatment is putting pressure on Berlin. The case highlights the German government's problems in dealing with autocratic leaders: It craves stability but doesn't want to be seen as propping up dictators.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the Chancellory in Berlin in this September 2010 photo.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the Chancellory in Berlin in this September 2010 photo.

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Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt