Diplomacy

Biden to Meet Leaders in Germany

Will the Obama administration live up to its global feel-good hype? Joe Biden flew to Germany today for what the New York Times calls the administration's "first big international test," a European conference on international security where Biden will rub shoulders with critical allies and adversaries. Russia relations will be at a premium: While Bush's policies on NATO and missile defense drew Russian ire, the Obama administration's stance is still being defined. Biden will also spend time with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, and Iran's foreign minister and Parliament speaker. To quote his boss, will the VP extend an open hand or a fist?