Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin.
Soldiers at a base in Germany: "Many Germans still have sympathy for the idea that Germany can exist as something like a large Switzerland in the middle of Europe."

Soldiers at a base in Germany: "Many Germans still have sympathy for the idea that Germany can exist as something like a large Switzerland in the middle of Europe."

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About Heinrich August Winkler
Foto: H.-C. Plambeck
Translated from the German by Charles Hawley