Angela Merkel Tells Vladmir Putin ‘Don’t be a Wimp’
The Vladmir Putin and Angela Merkel summit.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has (others have it similar):
The headline is that Merkel told Putin to relax with respect to ”Pussy Riot” and other utterences of disagreement.
„Nicht gleich eingeschnappt sein“ or roughly: ”Don’t be a wimp”
She is probably one of the few people that can tell Putin to his face (and the press) that he is a jerk – and does it! Merkel is not so stupid that she doesn’t know Putin has studied her copious KGB-file in detail – and she his ditto. In the wonderful down to earth and business way she has. One thing is that Germany indubitably has clout, but Angela Merkel uses that with skill to cater for the prima donnas of world politics. F.i. Sarkozy is way below average height and very conscious about it and Angela Merkel always made a point of wearing low heeled shoes – not to ridicule him.