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Dubious alliances: Germany's new peace movement has some explaining to do

By Melanie Amann; Susanne Beyer; Markus Feldenkirchen; Gunther Latsch; Timo Lehmann; Cordula Meyer; Ann-Katrin Müller; Tobias Rapp; Marc Röhlig; Jonas Schaible; Sara Wess

28 Feb 2023 · 14 min read

Editor's Note

A Spiegel investigation into Germany's peace movement uncovers a disturbing alliance between an anti-war group and far-right groups, raising serious questions about the actual goals of the movement.

Putin’s war in Ukraine is unsettling many in Germany. A new peace movement is forming in the country, but it is stirring up the ghosts of German history – and has an open flank to the extreme right.

No, she says, she’s not a "Putin sympathizer." And she has nothing at all to do with right-wing agitators. Antje Döhner-Unverricht sees herself as one of many in Germany who long for an end to the war in Ukraine, a segment of the German population that feels politicians are doing too little to make that happen.

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