Germany has always been at or near the centre of Soviet concern in Europe. When the Socialist revolution did not break out in Germany in 1917 Lenin launched the Bolsheviks on their successful route to power, relying on the German comrades quickly to follow suit. He coined the aphorism: whoever controls Berlin controls Germany, whoever controls Germany controls Europe. As good Marxist-Leninists his heirs were not likely to forget his prophecy.


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