Germany’s Role in European Russia Policy

A New German Power?

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By Liana Fix | Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2021

ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0

This book contributes to the debate about a new German power in Europe with an analysis of Germany’s role in European Russia policy. It provides an up-to-date account of Germany’s “Ostpolitik” and how Germany has influenced EU-Russia relations since the Eastern enlargement in 2004 – partly along, partly against the interests and preferences of new member states. The volume combines a rich empirical analysis of Russia policy with a theory-based perspective on Germany’s power and influence in the EU. The findings demonstrate that despite Germany’s central role, exercising power within the EU is dependent on legitimacy and acceptance by other member states.

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“Germany’s Role in European Russia Policy—A New German Power? provides an innovative framework for analysing how EU-Russia relations might develop well into the twenty-first century.”

— Professor Angela Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University


“With her sophisticated, well-researched and astute assessment of Germany‘s influence on European policies towards Russia, Liana Fix effectively debunks many of the myths about Germany‘s alleged „hegemony“ in Europe. Essential reading for anyone interested in Germany in Europe.”

— Professor Hanns W. Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

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