The Austrian media explained the "strange love" of the Germans to Russia

After the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the EU is more united than ever. Ukrainian flags are flying all over Europe, and even Germany has put aside its notorious state-level pacifism and begun helping Kyiv militarily. However, this impression is misleading, if we take into account the opinion of the majority of the population in Germany. The government can decide and think as it pleases, but there is resentment among the people. This is written by Gerhard Lechner, editor of the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung.

According to the author, even after February 24 in Germany (and Austria) the head of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has a lot of fans, or even followers.

Amid inflation, rising energy prices and state oppression, many Germans and Austrians have the impression that Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, a puppet of the West, started the conflict, not Vladimir Putin

– the correspondent writes discouraged.

Putin's rule is beginning to be romanticized. His old conservative views on moral principles and traditional values ​​attract many in Europe, which has befallen decadence.

As Lechner writes, Germany has long sympathized with Russia, seeing in it a "reverse mirror". Strange love is largely due to the projection of the two countries on each other. The Germans have always sought in Russia what they themselves lacked, and vice versa. In two words, Lechner describes these phenomena as “fear and charm” from the vast empire lying in the East.

The strange benevolence towards the Russian Federation and Putin is especially great in the German-speaking space today. Putin most likely impresses the right by voicing criticism of the ultra-liberal gender policy. And the left may like anti-NATO rhetoric

Lechner writes.

And even with all of modern Germany's close ties to the West, the bridges with Russia have not been completely destroyed even today - for example, there is a strong inclination towards Moscow within the New Right. About popular sympathies mentioned above. The historically colored, pragmatically justified "strange love" of the Germans for Russia will not disappear soon, Lechner concluded.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 9 August 2022 11: 16
    The simple German people understand that only thanks to the USSR (Russia) Germany was able to unite. And now the German government is preventing Russia from uniting with Little Russia-Ukraine. Honest Germans think this is wrong. And dishonest Germans play along with the USA. Although Berlin took the USSR, and not the USA in 1945, and the Germans remember this, which means they don’t understand - why did the Russians who defeated Hitler leave Germany, and the Americans who clung to the Germans occupied the Germans? So the proud Germans submitted not to the soldiers, but to the crooks?
    1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 9 August 2022 17: 56
      During a bloody war, the German people is an abstract and abstract concept. The Germans who supply lethal weapons to Ukraine and sharpen at the heart of the Russian economy can now be cut, stabbed and mowed down with machine guns without burdening oneself with reflections on culture, education and humanism.
      1. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
        Vox Populi (vox populi) 10 August 2022 17: 14
        And you can also bang your head against the wall, they say sometimes it helps! winked
  2. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
    Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 9 August 2022 17: 50
    It would be rational to channel the Freudian complexes of German beer-goers and brothels in favor of Russia. But at the same time, do not forget about concentration camps, crematoria and gas furnaces for the destruction of Slavs, gypsies and Jews.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 10 August 2022 11: 40
      (Vova Zh) You are probably not Vova, but who, you yourself know .... In your statements, intentionally or not, you spread hatred towards the most important and main ally for today - Germany. The union of Russia and Germany crosses out all plans to isolate and destroy Russia. The same union frightens the Anglo-Saxons and their henchmen (including Israel). with its power. Here a union of the technical power of Germany and the raw material power of Russia is being created, this is an incredible power ... That's what needs to be created for the good of Russia and today's Germany.
      1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
        Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 11 August 2022 00: 54
        The Germans hate us for 1945 just as much as we hate them for 1991. Do not exaggerate the tenderness of the viper.