Germany and Russia Unexpected Strategic Partnership

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2010-6-38-45

H.-J. Spanger, Peace Research Institute, 27, Baseler Str., Frankfurt am Main, 60329,  Deutschland (

Abstract. In the article, the issues of Russia–Germany strategic cooperation are examined, the origin of this cooperation and the way Russia fits in Germany's foreign policy perspective is analyzed. Obviously simplified, but particularly popular Anglo-Saxon standpoint is that Germany has gone poorly because of its energy dependence on Russia does not give a convictive answer. The reason lies in fundamental principles of the German self-awareness and Germany's foreign policy baseline orientation. According to the conventional wisdom, Germany and Russia are presently two fringes of the modernity continuum. It is hardly possible to find another similarly restless” pair of states in Europe, which, however, does not hinder them in building up relationship profitable for each other.

Keywords: Germany–Russia relations, Germany's foreign policy, multilateral relations, multipolarity

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For citation:
Shpanger H. Germany and Russia Unexpected Strategic Partnership . World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 6, pp. 38-45.

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