There will not be the focus on Russia which under Schroeder played a big role in German foreign policy.
More Quotes from Alexander Rahr:She might tell them when she goes there about the mess one can make by using energy as a political tool. But she will do nothing to question the energy alliance between Germany and Russia.
The energy alliance Germany is forging with Russia has the same philosophy behind it. To find a way to bind this huge Russian neighbor into a common European space, develop interdependent structures and ties, create some kind of trust, and then also benefit from easy access to the Russian gas fields which are at Europe's front door.
Merkel has a certain coolness towards Russia, after all she grew up in what she would view as an occupied East Germany. But German business interests make good relations essential and she can't ignore that reality.
Gorbachev was literally hated in the 1990s. He was seen as the destroyer of the Soviet Union, the destroyer of everything that generations and generations had built. But much of that was fueled in the '90s, as it played into the hands of Boris Yeltsin, his successor in government.
Right now, we have a gas war in Eastern Europe. A politician like him would have to be in the middle of all these quarrels.
Big German companies with a track record in Russia have sniffed new opportunity as oil cash grows.
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