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Russia or the west?

Gerhard Schröder and Joschka Fischer disagreed about which way Germany should tilt

By Hans Kundnani   October 2008

Since leaving office in November 2005, the former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder has made a point of not commenting on his successor Angela Merkel’s government. In particular, he has avoided criticising her foreign policy—not least because his former chief of staff Frank-Walter Steinmeier is now foreign minister in Merkel’s coalition. However, since the outbreak of the Caucasus conflict in August, Schröder has broken his silence to criticise Georgia, the US, Nato—everyone, in fact, except Russia. In an interview with Der Spiegel, he made it clear that he regarded Georgia as the aggressor, dismissed fears about a new cold war, and…

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