Germany‘s Russia Policy. Competing Realities and Windows of Opportunity
When dealing with Russia, German diplomacy faces two competing realities, each sustained by explicit political messages addressed to Berlin. On one hand, since fall 2011 the anti-Putin opposition has not only drastically increased its public activities within Russia, but is also trying to reach European – and especially German – audiences. On the other hand, on a daily basis Berlin deals with representatives of the Russian government who develop their own discourse containing strong messages addressed to their German counterparts.
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