The Russian presidential elections take place on Sunday, and there’s little doubt Vladimir Putin will remain in office. He’s popular with much of the population because the economy is growing. But only according to Putin's plan.
Trump said he hoped for an "extraordinary relationship" with Russia ahead of a summit with Putin. Their talks will cover several tricky topics, but there's one uncontroversial issue where real progress is possible.
The United States may be Germany's No. 1 ally, but two-thirds of Germans think that the US president is more dangerous than his Russian counterpart. That's not surprising when you look at Germany's political priorities.
Germany will be watching keenly when the mercurial US president meets his Russian counterpart. Germans are concerned on three counts: NATO, Crimea and the Nord Stream gas pipelines.
In the space of a week, the US president has attacked NATO and cozied up to Vladimir Putin. Retired US Army General Ben Hodges told DW that Trump alienating US allies "worries every military professional" he knows.
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