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Germany, Putin’s former friend

Germany wants no "strategic relationship" with Russia

Putin and Merkel: no longer so close. © Sebastian Zwez

The conflict in Ukraine is far more than that. It is a struggle between the west and Russia over a civil society’s right to chart its country’s course; over the future of the European Union, of Russia, and of the lands in between on the Eurasian continent; and over competing notions of modernity.

In all of this, Germany is central—because of its geographical location, its economic strength, its current position as…

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