The Russian Duma is considering adopting a motion to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990, calling it an “annexation.” The Washington Post:
The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe.Russian news agencies say Communist deputy Nikolai Ivanov on Wednesday proposed a resolution to condemn what he called the “annexation” of East Germany in 1990. Ivanov said that unlike in Crimea, there was no popular vote to support the German reunification.
This is revisionism in Platonic form, so blatant a provocation that it’s hard to take seriously. But Putin is very serious in his attempt to revise the Western-led world order, and Germany happens to be first in his sights. As Walter Russell Mead put it in an essay earlier this week, “[Putin’s] current policy is aimed incrementally at reducing American hegemony; it is directly aimed at disrupting what Putin sees as Germany’s attempt to create a new post-1990 order in its image and under its aegis.” Germany has a lot more to worry about than Russia’s attempts at redefining the past.