71 days after the federal elections when main parties such as the Christian and Social Democrats had suffered damaging losses, on March 12 the German parliament finally re-elected Angela Merkel as the head of her new-old federal government.
Compared to other world leaders who visited Putin – Merkel, Trump and just recently Erdogan – Macron was certainly treated with a certain contempt, which reflects exactly how the Russian leader regards the EU project and Macron himself.
8% to become the first party after nearly 23 years, while Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian democratic alliance of two political parties - the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) - lost 7.
Sixteen-hour-long talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President François Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Belarusian capital of Minsk succeeded in securing a deal between Moscow and Kiev.
Will the EU be able to take on that role?
While German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is preparing to bid farewell to politics very soon, is trying to keep the EU project alive, it is difficult to predict whether she will take economic geopolitical steps around the EU or even on a global scale.