German politicians were wrong about Russia and are now correcting their course
“My party, but also other parties, had to go through a turning point in their political moods,” said a representative of the Social Democratic Party, which formulated the concept of “Ostpolitik” in the 1960s and has been guided by it until recently.
In Germany, according to Bus, unfortunately, too long relied on the common order of security and partnership with Russia, and at the same time did not take well-founded reservations of partners from Central and Eastern Europe seriously enough.
“It was a mistake,” the speaker of parliament stated.
She noted that today, when Russia is waging an aggressive war against Ukraine, it is clear that Europe and Germany must protect themselves and their alliance partners from Russia. Especially for the Germans with their history, this means a real “turning point”.
Germany takes its commitment to help its allies very seriously, but also the FRG and, in particular, the current ruling party, the SPD, show great solidarity with Ukraine, the president of the Bundestag stressed.
The other day, one of the leaders of the Social Democrats, Lars Klingbeil, said that the party had been wrong about Russia for decades. He called for a complete overhaul of policy towards Russia and listed four “fundamental mistakes” of the party, whose policy had long been determined by ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.