Among all European countries, Germany has the deepest tradition of not only engaging Eastern Europe politically and economically, but also discursively shaping Osteuropa as a region. Russia is a part of this East European imagery, though under different guises.
Recently, three different events took place in Berlin that unveiled three faces of today’s Russia and presenting three different messages to Germany’s policymakers.
Story 1: Ryzhkov’s Recipe
The German Society for Eastern Europe celebrated its 100 anniversary with a large conference that focused on a key question: apart from geography, what makes the EU’s neighbors European? The patriarchs of European politics—former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski—share a rather inclusive view of Europe, one that embraces Turkey, Israel, Armenia, and Georgia. But what about Russia?
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