December 10, 2013

Don't Expect Germany to Stand Up to Russia

John Vinocur, Wall Street Journal

The Associated Press

The truth is, no German bottom line exists on Russia's power plays. Berlin repeatedly projects its own psyche onto Moscow's reflexes, believing that it, too, will shy from confrontation; that it is ready to accept a "modernization partnership" with the EU; that it will indulge Berlin in (pointless) theoretical conversation about issues like freedom of choice for former Soviet satellites. According to Reuters, a senior U.S. official who was present with Mr. Kerry in Chisinau also backed the Merkel/EU approach.

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TAGGED: Germany, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, European Union, Vladimir Putin

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