The German chancellery has recently been spooked by the idea that Russia might revive its “KGB methods of Cold War propaganda” in an attempt to destabilize Germany; it has therefore tasked its intelligence service to investigate whether the Kremlin really wants to “divide Europe” or are the fears just “an uncontrolled Internet rumor?”

German authorities have expressed concern over what they describe as “exaggerated” Russian coverage of the recent events in the country.