The recent meeting of the Council of Europe was the last for German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the September elections. According to Le Monde, the outgoing chancellor вЂњsuffered a crushing failureвЂќ when trying to organize a summit of EU leaders with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even said that she was вЂњsaddenedвЂќ by this experience.
In her opinion, the EU member states вЂњdo not trust each other enoughвЂќ. The second diplomatic failure of Merkel, according to Le Monde, concerns China. She pushed through the signing of a global investment agreement between the EU and Beijing, but this document faced sharp opposition from the European Parliament, and then, due to the aggravation of relations with Beijing, it became unviable.