Comedian Jan Boehmermann, who performed a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared at the German Television Awards in January in Duesseldorf, Germany. Mathis Wienand/Getty Images hide caption

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"I trust her, she is a very open person," Vladimir Putin said of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen here at last month's climate talks in Paris. But, he told the German daily Bild, "she is also subject to certain constraints and limitations." Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bailout Makes Germans Just As Squeamish As Greeks, For Different Reasons
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A Russian armored vehicle on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea earlier this month. Russia annexed the region two weeks ago. Other Russian forces, across the border from Ukraine, may pull back in coming days. Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama in September at the G20 summit in Russia. She and other leaders have objected after hearing that the NSA was listening to their phone calls. Anton Denisov/Host photo agency/Getty Images hide caption

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From the NPR Newscast: Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on the protest in Hanover
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris today (Dec. 5, 2011). Lionel Bonaventure /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Eleanor Beardsley on 'Morning Edition'
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