Posted March 29, 2015
My point wasn't that there are russians living in europe, but that there are _lots_ of them. Alone in Germany there are over 1million. If you accept the family ties of the old tzar families why are you ignoring the people today who have ties to both countries?
Sanjuro: Man, Russians live everywhere, as do Chinese, Indians, Negr... whatever you call those people in your country. Still I wouldn't say that China has a lot of cultural connections with Germany or India with Brit... (OK, bad example, let me change that to "Africa with Russia") and let's not even get started with Jews. :-)
And the number of russians living here is on a whole different level than let's say people from china, india or the US.
Similar, at least for the german industry, russia is not just some trade partner among others, but a fairly important one.
Just a few days ago we had quite a few headline about a company going out of business because of the sanctions against russia.
And I was always under the impression that the EU is an important trade partner for russia as well( i am to lazy though to look for some numbers)
Obviously you are correct in saying that the connections between russia and belorussa, ukraine and a few others is a stronger one. But that doesn't negate the fact that there are ties between russia and the rest of europa as well.
curios: what is the connection greece<->russia? probably sth one should know or could look up(but again, laziness wins :p)
on average being the keyword here ;).yes, on average life is really good in germany.
F4LL0UT: True, but having lived in both countries for a long time I assure you that people living in Germany are much happier on average.
But I don't wanna derail this thread with my frustration about german politics, so maybe let's just stop here.