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Angela Merkel, Alexei Navalny, and the Nord Stream 2 Dilemma

“Of all the hospitals in all the countries in all the world, he checks into mine.” Those must have been the words on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mind when the German charity Cinema for Peace offered to fly Russian dissident Alex Navalny from his hospital bed in Omsk (don’t worry: it was just low blood sugar) to Berlin’s Charite hospital (diagnosis: Novichok poisoning).

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