Former Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble has criticized former Chancellor Angela Merkel for persisting in her Russia policy. It is noteworthy that “even now, with regard to Russia, she cannot say that we made mistakes,” said Schäuble. He himself acknowledged mistakes.

Former Bundestag President and ex-Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has acknowledged past mistakes in dealing with Russia. When asked if he was angry with himself, the CDU politician told the “Handelsblatt” (Friday): “Of course. We didn’t want to see it. That applies to everyone.” During his time as interior minister, he spoke to his Russian counterpart about how we could fight Islamist terror together. “I could have seen what Russia is doing in Chechnya. Or listen to the then Polish President Lech Kaczynski.” After Russia’s attack on Georgia, Kaczynski warned: “Georgia comes first, then Ukraine, then Moldova, then the Baltic states and then Poland. He was right,” said Schäuble.

Referring to ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel, Schäuble said it was remarkable “that even now, with regard to Russia, she cannot say that we made mistakes”. When asked whether his list of the great chancellors – including Konrad Adenauer, Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl – was complete, Schäuble said: “It has been completed for the time being. to make a final assessment.”