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At Sunday's anti-corruption protest in Russia

A Weekend Trio Of World Leaders Zips On By

In the overwhelming immediacy of modern society, weekends provide us with the opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath, disconnect. Especially a sunny, early spring weekend. For some, this means catching up on reading or seeing old friends. For others (like yours truly), this past weekend was a chance for an intense session of gardening. And if you're Donald Trump and you've just had the "worst week" of your nine-week-old presidency, there was time to finally enjoy some quality time on the golf course. For the 13th time since taking office nine weeks ago.

Angela Merkel, for her part, had to wait until Sunday evening to relax, after a rather tense couple of days, following what must have been a truly unpleasant meeting with Trump last week in Washington. Political observers in Germany and beyond had their eyes focused this weekend on the elections in the southwestern state of Saarland, looking for indications on the German Chancellor's chances to win a fourth term in September. Opinion polls ahead of the vote had suggested that her CDU party might lose its leadership in the one-million strong state. The results, however, wound up handing Merkel a clear victory to the local CDU leader and oft-dubbed "Mini-Merkel", Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, over a coalition of left parties.

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