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With Putin’s war in Europe, the legacy of Germany’s Merkel is now being seen in a very different light

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Since Vladimir Putin's military attack in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and Germany under Angela Merkel appears in a new light. The former Chancellor maintained economic links and energy projects with Russia, despite the Crimea crisis in 2014. "By establishing an unnecessary relationship of interdependence with Vladimir Putin, Merkel’s Germany made him stronger while weakening the whole of Europe and NATO", commented law professor at HEC Paris Business School Alberto Alemanno.