AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Gunther Hellmann examines the clash between Germany and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis in the framework of Germany’s understanding of itself as a twenty-first century power–Gestaltungsmacht–versus a designation of Russia as reverting to nineteenth century tactics. Referencing the foreign policy speeches delivered by President Gauck and Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, Hellmann explains how Germany’s evolving sense of its global purposes is framed in its definition of both power and policy in increasing contrast to Russian definitions. Despite previous efforts to seek common denominators with Moscow, the way ahead for German-Russian relations may be a rocky one depending on Russian behavior in the future.

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