To Russia With Love: Relations with Moscow Emerge as German Election Issue

With elections looming in three former East German states this fall, many leading politicians see rapprochement with Russia as a winning campaign strategy. But this perspective puts them in direct confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government in Berlin.

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Author: Spiegel.de

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