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Policy paralysis in Germany over Ukraine

Anguished debate in Berlin shows just how far it is from being a true leader in Europe.

Demonstrators staging a "die-in" in support of Ukraine in front of the Federal Chancellery building in Berlin last month. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The start of this week has reminded Europeans of both the uses and abuses of history.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (May 9) used the traditional yearly military parade in Moscow's Red Square, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, to repeat his unsubstantiated claim that history has come full circle and that the invasion of Ukraine is designed to defeat another "fascist" regime.

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