The German approach of dealing with Russia, with its perilous naivety of relying on dialogue, appeasement and cooperation, has failed. Two previous chancellors, Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel, were not inclined to face the reality that Vladimir Putin’s goal was never peaceful coexistence but aggression and territorial expansion. More than ever, a paradigm shift is a sine qua non.It’s the year 2001. Chancellor Schröder has invited his friend Putin to give a speech in the Bundestag. Standing…

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