Merkel Says She Lacked the Power to Dissuade Putin from Invading Ukraine


BERLIN — Angela Merkel, who led Germany for sixteen years, said that her diminished political power in the run up to her retirement prevented her from setting up diplomatic talks aimed at dissuading President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia from launching Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.

In an extensive interview published on Thursday in Der Spiegel Magazine, Ms. Merkel explained that she and French President Emmanuel Macron had tried in the summer of 2021 to set up talks…



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