The Great Divide Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Points of Conflict in the German-Russian Relationship
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Points of Conflict in the German-Russian Relationship

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

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