Early purveyors of Ostpolitik: German Chancellor Willy Brandt (left) and Willi Stoph in Erfurt 1970, the first encounter of a Federal Chancellor with his East German counterpart, an early step in the de-escalation of the Cold War. (German federal archives/Creative Commons/Wikimedia Commons)
Why German-Russian Ostpolitik may be dead, but shouldn’t be buried

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is under pressure to take a more aggressive stance on Russia, but he’s taking the long view.

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