Von: „Martin Zeis“ <Martin.zeis>
Datum: 6. September 2014 21:58:37 MESZ
Betreff: Immanuel WALLERSTEIN: Merkel and Putin: Ukrainian Diplomacy; Commentary 384, Sept. 01, 2014
IMMANUEL WALLERSTEIN » COMMENTARIES
Merkel and Putin: Ukrainian Diplomacy
Commentary No. 384, September 1, 2014
There is an immense amount of diplomacy going on these days concerning the quasi-civil war in Ukraine. But the only actors who really matter are Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. They are also the only two actors who are really trying to tamp down the conflict and come to some political settlement.
They are both very powerful, both very clearly focused on the real issues, and both working very hard at this difficult task. They are powerful, but not all-powerful. Each has to deal with other actors in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere who do not want a political settlement but rather are seeking to intensify and expand the conflict, and are therefore trying to sabotage any negotiations between Merkel and Putin.