Russland-Politik in der Ära Merkel

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The four terms of Chancellor Angela Merkel (2005–2021) are in the tradition of German policy toward Russia. The policy of partnership had been justified during Russia’s open-ended transformation in the 1990s. It lost its basis with the regime that Putin represented. A change in German policy failed to materialize because the politicians involved did not want to give away their self-image and the economic actors did not want to surrender their economic advantages. Although there were early warnings about authoritarian regression in Russia, German policy cooperated with a deeply corrupt and authoritarian regime and allowed it to access critical infrastructures in Germany. The war against Ukraine shattered these illusions of German politics.
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@article{Heinemann-Gruder2022, author = "Andreas Heinemann-Grüder", title = "Russland-Politik in der Ära Merkel", latexTitle = "Russland-Politik in der {'A}ra Merkel", booktitle = "SIRIUS – Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen", number = "4", type = "Journal Article", pages = "359-372", year = "2022", doi = "10.1515/sirius-2022-4002", }


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Russia , Germany