Washington farewells Angela Merkel

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Don’t call it a farewell tour. But also don’t ask any hard questions about Russia or China.

Angela Merkel came to Washington this week — with a pit stop in Baltimore to pick up an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins University — as the undisputed political queen of Europe, and to firm up what she called the “framework conditions” for democracy.

Merkel stuck to her comfort zone of stabilizing, general talk. “Democratic institutions have to be nurtured,” she said accepting her Doctor of Humane Letters. “If these institutions are under permanent attack and put into question, democracy will not work.”

For 36 years, Merkel

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