Germany has tried to persuade Russia to embrace democracy through a policy of "change through rapprochment" in recent years. But critics say Putin's intolerance of dissent shows this approach is no longer working.
When Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi, there will be new common ground to discuss: Germany and Russia both want to save the Iran deal. Beyond that, however, there are some serious differences.
As Russia's presidential election fast approaches, the Russian government has added the Berlin-based NGO to a list of undesirables. The European Platform for Democratic Elections provides support to election observers.
A Russian teenage boy's speech in German parliament provoked an outcry in Russia. Russian politicians blame the Moscow branch of Germany's Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.
Four years since the arrest of two German political foundation employees, efforts to resume work on democracy in Egypt are failing. NGOs and foundations are facing increasing repression from autocratic states worldwide.
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