Photo Gallery: Caught Between Russia and the West 04/09/2014
 Former German Chancellor Willy Brandt (right) is pictured here with his wife...
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Former German Chancellor Willy Brandt (right) is pictured here with his wife Rut and then Soviet leader Leonid Breshnev in 1972 in Bonn. During the 1970s, his Social Democratic Party began the Ostpolitik policies of rapprochement with the East, leading to a normalization of relations. The party has adopted a similar approach in its dealings with Vladimir Putin, the autocratic current Russian president.