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Merkel's moment of truth as she heads for collision with Russia and Greece

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A physicist by training, Ms Merkel uses trial-and-error to make policy and tries to wait out opponents she can't immediately defeat.

Berlin

AFTER almost a decade as German chancellor, Angela Merkel faces a moment of truth as a resurgent Russia and fed-up Greeks challenge her blueprint for Europe's future.

As bloodshed in eastern Ukraine escalates and the new Greek government rejects austerity championed by Ms