Moscow's invasion of Ukraine has inadvertently achieved what Western allies have long struggled with — getting Germany to push an assertive foreign policy backed by a strong military.
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In the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where former Chancellor Angela Merkel had her constituency, ties to Russia run deep.
Scholz was unexpectedly combative in his joint news conference with Putin during a day-trip to Moscow that was part of frantic diplomacy to avert a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz would face pressure from the United States and other Western allies to respond to any invasion by stopping the recently completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia.
While Fidel was the charismatic leader who rallied Cubans to defend the revolution and defy the United States, Raul, 89, built the military into a formidable fighting force.
To those who want the end of the one-party state, Maykel Castillo, 37, is a hero. To others he is a social misfit.
New research finds that the total number of open-water species declined by about half in the 40 years up to 2010 in tropical marine zones worldwide.
Haiti emerged from a brutal dictatorship 35 years ago. Now, many Haitians fear a return to autocracy as President Jovenel Moise has been steadily amassing power.