Germany's Schaeuble says Putin fears Europe's model, is trying to divide its nations

March 3, 2016 7:05 PM

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Germany's Schaeuble says Putin fears Europe's model, is trying to divide its nations

LONDON German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin fears Europe's social and democratic model, and that Europe should resist his attempts to divide its countries.

Schaeuble said it was not the expansion of the European Union or NATO that worried Russia's government, but Europe's "soft power" moving closer to Russia's borders.

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