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Why Putin's Pipeline Is Welcome in Germany

The United States can't let go of NATO, because this is who we are and what we do. Why does Angela Merkel not take seriously U.S. threats to pull our troops out of Germany, if the Germans won't cancel Nord Stream 2 or pony up more for defense? Because Merkel thinks the Americans are bluffing about actually going home from Europe, and thinks the Russia of Vladimir Putin is not the Russia she knew in the days of the cold war. Is she wrong?

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