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Angela Merkel's masterful Munich moment

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As with all great political speeches, it was the energy that mattered most. That mixture of timing, the big stage, the perfect words and the right tone. At this year's Munich Security Conference, Angela Merkel had that kind of energy.

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The German chancellor spoke freely, without a script — a rare occurence. She talked about a world order that is in danger of decline and destruction. A world order that in its current form may not exist for much longer. In one bold speech she traveled around the globe, from Russia to China, to the United States and then back to Germany and Europe. Trade, security, the environment: No political sphere was left out

A clear message for friends and foes

None of Merkel's ideas were new. Everything she said has been discussed and written........

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