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Security Watch Crisis in Ukraine: Why Merkel matters (+video)

Unlike Barack Obama or David Cameron, she is less easy to caricature as a mouthpiece for 'the West.'

By Staff writer / March 13, 2014

Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

For most of the Ukrainian crisis, Germany, the country with perhaps the most strategic depth in Russia in terms of diplomatic and commercial capital, has been silent. German Chancellor Angela Merkel counseled “patience” on Ukraine only a few days ago.