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.
Saxony's Governor Michael Kretschmer sits together with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Petersburg Economic Forum.

Saxony's Governor Michael Kretschmer sits together with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Petersburg Economic Forum.

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CDU Bundestag representative Philipp Amthor: "My opinion often differs from both an emotional and a security policy standpoint."

CDU Bundestag representative Philipp Amthor: "My opinion often differs from both an emotional and a security policy standpoint."

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Angela Merkel: Her tough stance on Russia has a growing number of opponents, even within her own ranks in the CDU.

Angela Merkel: Her tough stance on Russia has a growing number of opponents, even within her own ranks in the CDU.

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