Even as Angela Merkel was seeking to placate some critics among Germany’s business elites by proposing direct negotiations between the EU and the Russian-led Eurasian Union, a poll on Friday found that a solid majority of Germans are behind a tough line on Russia. Reuters:
The Politbarometer poll for ZDF television found 58 percent back the EU sanctions even if they damage the German economy, up from 52 percent a month ago.The poll also found that 76 percent backed the sharper tone of Merkel’s recent criticisms of President Vladimir Putin’s policies.
This doesn’t just mean that Putin faces more trouble than he’d hoped as a result of his Ukrainian adventure. It means something more significant: that a united Germany is accepting Konrad Adenauer’s vision that Germany’s future lies with the Atlantic West, and not with the despotism to the East.Many in the U.S. and other Western countries criticize various aspects of Germany’s political and economic stance, but it is worth remembering that on the central issue, the one that brought ruin and destruction to Europe twice in the twentieth century, Germany appears to be holding fast.