In an emotional speech Wednesday, Germany's Angela Merkel rebuked Russia's Vladimir Putin for his violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. Her country's incredible progress since World War II gives her credibility to demand the same of Russia.
the Monitor's Editorial Board /
March 13, 2014
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have met dozens of times. They speak each other’s languages. Their countries’ economies are tightly bound. Even though Ms. Merkel is chancellor of Germany, she addresses the Russian president with the informal “du” of German.