From Spiegel: Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German identity. Are we as deeply rooted in the West as most believe?
From outside it looks different, more like schadenfreude, but not really. It’s like “ze germans” happy to pass the “nazi” stick to “russkis”, but don’t feel comfortable to gloat. Do they have a word for that ?