Politically and ethically, Germany’s ex-chancellor is all at sea. Western policy on Russia also needs a stronger anchor – and it could find one by following a new lead given by Putin. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.