Posted By: James Rowles
September 21, 2016
For outstanding insights into the impulse toward appeasement leading German officials, including some cabinet members, to visit Putin in his lair, and its consequences, see
Friedrich Schmidt (Moskau / Meinung), “Deutsche Politiker buhlen um Putins Gunst; Politiker aus Berlin und München vermeiden die bekannten Konfliktfelder, wenn sie zu Besuch bei Putin sind und werden so Teil seiner Inszenierung; Auf Seehofer, Schmidt und Steinmeier folgt an diesem Mittwoch Sigmar Gabriel. Ein Kommentar,” Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung, 21 September 2016.
In the wake of her party’s defeat in the local and state elections in Berlin last weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to have lost control of her cabinet and coalition partners on foreign policy with Russia.
At some point, pro-appeasement political partners could make it hard for Merkel to hold the line on maintaining the sanctions against Russia imposed following its invasion and annexation of the Crimea and its invasion of the eastern Ukraine in 2014.
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