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Weak Merkel missing bargaining power

It will be clear in her meeting with US President Trump this week that she will neither be in a position of strength like in 2016 nor cast as a protector of the liberal international order

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The German Chancellor will show up at the White House at a low point of her political career, as she starts what is expected to be her last term in office. Her Christian Democrats party failed to win a clear majority in parliamentary elections last September.

"AS Obama Exits World Stage, Angela Merkel May Be the Liberal West's Last Defender" - that was how The New York Times portrayed the German chancellor in 2016. She was supposedly standing up to right-wing nationalist governments and anti-immigration movements in Europe, while being assaulted by...

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