RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 28ISSUE 12members only

Germany’s Close Relationship with Russia and its Consequences for Europe

Just as Europe is becoming more unified, and the continent’s divisions seem to have been finally erased, a big question mark now hangs over Germany’s foreign policy: especially the country’s attitude towards Russia, and the implications of German-Russian links on former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Baltic States, Poland and the Czech Republic feel neglected and overlooked by Germany’s close relationship with Russia.

By Hanna-Caroline Imig, RUSI Germany’s European credentials are, of course, beyond doubt: since the end of the Second World War the country has been in the forefront of efforts to create a stable and prosperous European Union as an adjunct to Germany’s own post-war reconstruction. The two concepts – that of national German interests and that of European construction – went hand in hand: often viewed by the German political establishment as essentially interchangeable. To a

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