Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia
Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia

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by Stefan Meister | Russia, Bilateral Relations

Russia has seen the dramatic securitization of its politics, economy, and society since 2012. For Russian leaders, struggle with the West has served as a means of underpinning their power and their system. As the domestic economic situation worsens and nationalistic forces gather strength, the danger of further destabilization grows more acute. For German and European policy to exert effective influence in the medium and long term, it must apply a complex combination of containment and cooperation.

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