The National Interest nationalinterest.org 22 Jul, 2021 20:30 am

Germany Will Continue to Hedge Its Bets With Russia

Germany Will Continue to Hedge Its Bets With Russia
For most of the twenty-first century, Germany has found itself stuck between a fickle United States and a menacing Russia. Given the prevailing circumstances, the pragmatic course for Germany is to walk a diplomatic tightrope and try to keep both Washington and Moscow happy.

Topic: EU-Russia Relations Tags: Germany Russia Nord Stream 2 Donald Trump Joe Biden Trans-Atlantic Relationship Germany Will Continue to Hedge Its Bets With Russia For most of the twenty-first century, Germany has found itself stuck between a fickle United States and a menacing Russia.For most of the twenty-first century, Germany has found itself stuck between a fickle United States and a menacing Russia.Germany is simply ripping a page out of Sun Tzu’s playbook, keeping its friends close and its enemies closer–especially when it can’t count on its biggest friend, the United States, to have its back.Or put another way, Germany will tweak its policy either when the United States again becomes a reliable friend, or when Russia embraces rules-based behavior.

So if the United States wants Germany to stop hedging, then Washington needs to convince Germany and the rest of the EU that it is a dependable partner, determined to refurbish the pillars of a strong trans-Atlantic partnership and renew its unshakable commitment to multilateralism.For the past two decades, the United States has zig-zagged wildly, careening from American exceptionalism under George W.

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