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The Briefing: First We Take Paris, And Then We Take Berlin

Putin casts a shadow over Europe.

Hold onto your hats because more election madness is on the way.

France's presidential elections are shaping up as a battle between two candidates who want to mend ties with Russia.

And Angela Merkel will seek another term as Germany's chancellor as the country's domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, says he is alarmed about potential interference from Moscow.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at the Russia factor in Europe's upcoming elections.

Joining me is RFE/RL senior editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss the effect Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election is having on Russian domestic politics.


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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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