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September 26, 2016



You do remember that it was Brezhnev Brandt was dealing with, and not Gorbachev, don't you? I'd also note that "equidistance" thinking seems to have been replaced with clear alignment with Russia in some quarters.


Gabriel is not the Finance Minister :-)

I so knew how you would see this meeting :-)



My guess is that Gabriel knows his chances of becoming chancellor are not great and he is angling to join his pal Gerhard Schroeder on the Gazprom Board after the elections.


Maybe the SPD is simply in dire need of money ahead of the next general elections.

With the constant drain on party members, the election campaign funding by default surely is no longer what it used to be ;-)

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