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Tanks, vodka and feminism: On the road with Germany’s top diplomat

By Laura Pitel

23 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s foreign minister and a Green party leader, has become one of Germany's most popular politicians by balancing her ideals with a healthy dose of realpolitik, reports the FT.

A visit to Saudi Arabia is not an easy assignment for Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s foreign minister and a vocal champion of feminism and human rights. Der Spiegel compared the trip to a “vampire visiting a garlic shop”.

Yet since taking office in December 2021, the former Green party leader has defied her party’s reputation for dogmatism by acting as an arch pragmatist ready to balance principles with realpolitik.

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