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Stern, May 28, 2015

The relationship between Germany and Google continues to deteriorate, the German weekly Stern says in this week's edition, with the cover headline: "The Secret World of Google."

According to a survey the magazine commissioned, only 26% of Germans deem the U.S. search engine "trustworthy," while 78% consider it "omnipresent" and 38% see it as "threatening." But the relationship is also more and more paradoxical, as about 40% of Germans think also Google is "pleasant" as well as "indispensable."

"Europeans shouldn't be scared" of the Internet giant, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during the launch of a new automatic Google car prototype in California earlier this week, Sternnotes. But so far at least, most Germans don't agree.

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The Xi-Putin Alliance Is Dead, Long Live The Xi-Putin Alliance

The façade of unity between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin was lifted in Uzbekistan last week. But where exactly does the Chinese head of state stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Beijing is still establishing its place in the world, and it remains in contradiction to the West

China's President Xi Jinping, Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the 22nd Summit of the SCO

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Xi Jinping is not out of practice. The Chinese President's public demeanor on his first foreign trip since January 2020 was as confident as ever. When meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, he promptly removed his mask and stood inches away from the Russian president, smiling affably.

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What looked routine to the outside world was a diplomatic tightrope walk that the Chinese leader felt compelled to perform. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since February, when they proclaimed a "friendship without borders" at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Shortly thereafter, Putin launched his campaign against Ukraine – and the world wondered whether Putin had used his Olympic visit to obtain Xi's approval for his invasion.

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