Photo Gallery: Merkel in Mongolia

Photo Gallery: Merkel in Mongolia

Foto: Michael Kappeler/ dpa

The World from Berlin Germany Playing Catch-Up in Scramble for Resources

Chancellor Angela Merkel has signed a commodities deal with Mongolia during her visit to the Central Asian country. The agreement is intended to secure access to much-needed raw materials for German industry. But commentators point out that it will take more than just a piece of paper to win the scramble for rare earths.
-- David Gordon Smith and Christopher Cottrell