Angela Merkel faces moment of truth as war and default threaten Europe’s unity

amer-kVcD--621x414@LiveMintAfter almost a decade as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel faces a moment of truth as a resurgent Russia and fed-up Greeks challenge her blueprint for Europe’s future. As bloodshed in eastern Ukraine escalates and the new Greek government rejects austerity championed by Mrs Merkel, her deliberate leadership style might be reaching the limit of its effectiveness. With Europe’s post-Cold War order and its unifying currency at stake, the weight of global and domestic expectations is pushing the Chancellor out of her comfort zone and into two direct confrontations. Read Full Article