Relations with the US soured badly this summer following revelations of NSA spying in Germany. Things got worse when a German intelligence officer was arrested for spying for the US. This resulted in Angela Merkel's government the top representative of the US's secret services in Germany to leave.
Anger with the US in Germany is now hardening.
By contrast Germans are becoming more sympathetic to Russia. Supporters of a more balanced policy between the US and Russia are in a resurgent mood. The AfD, which calls for a more balanced relationship, is rapidly gaining ground. Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said that it was "entirely understandable" that President Putin would take back Crimea. The German business community has made known its desire for good relations with Moscow. Sanctions against Russia have caused business confidence to fall.
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