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Why Germany has learned the wrong lessons from history

By Edward Lucas

27 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Germany has historical, geographical, and geopolitical blind spots when it comes to dealing with Russia, Edward Lucas says in this Foreign Policy opinion piece. It "dismays as much as it delights."

_Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht,

Dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht

Ich kann nicht mehr die Augen schließen,

Und meine heißen Tränen fließen._

—From Nachtgedanken by Heinrich Heine, 1844

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