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Moscow vs Merkiavelli

The relationship between Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel is perhaps the most important in global politics. It's just as well that she knows his type...

By Matthew Qvortrup   November 2016

"The former KGB officer had done his homework. He knew Merkel was frightened of dogs" ©DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Both leaders sat down in the Russian President’s office at his Black Sea dacha for a press conference. The door had been left slightly ajar and it was soon clear why. From the corner of her eye Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, saw a black…

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