'A Sign of Alienation' Sharp Words Define German-Russian Relations

Andreas Schockenhoff, Germany's commissioner for German-Russian coordination, has sparked tensions with Moscow with his unfiltered directness. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses worrying trends in Russia, why he has an obligation to speak out and what still gives him hope.
Moscow and Berlin are not seeing eye-to-eye these days. File photo from Petersburg Dialogue meeting in 2007.

Moscow and Berlin are not seeing eye-to-eye these days. File photo from Petersburg Dialogue meeting in 2007.

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Interview conducted by Ralf Neukirch. Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan