Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms

Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms

It remains unclear what Russia might have in store for eastern Ukraine, but nationalist groups are preparing for the worst. The right-wing scene in the country is varied and complex, but one thing is certain: It is attracting an increasing number of followers. By Benjamin Bidder and Uwe Klussmann more... Comment ]


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'We Will Shoot Back' All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East

'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East

Many in the West believe that Russia is behind the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Kiev on Tuesday launched an offensive to retake control of the region, but the biggest question still looms: Will Russia invade? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Europe's African Refugee Crisis Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

'A Partner for Russia' Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length. By Charles Hawley in Brussels more... Comment ]

Slipping Out of the Corset Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels? By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris more... Comment ]

A Sober Look It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia

A Sober Look: It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vladimir Putin's conservative, anti-Western approach to power. A Commentary by Christian Neef more... Comment ]

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

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? An Essay By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Estonian Minister 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'

Estonian Minister: 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'

Jevgeni Ossinovski, the sole member of the Russian minority serving as a minister in the Estonian government, says he doesn't fear that Vladimir Putin will seek a repeat of Crimea in the Baltics. The Russian minority, he argues, is firmly anchored in Europe. Interview by Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Metamorphosis A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

Csanád Szegedi was a prominent right-wing extremist in Hungary until he discovered his own Jewish roots in 2012. Since then, he has undergone a radical reinvention and is even learning Hebrew. His grandmother, though, continues to hide her Auschwitz tattoo. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

'An Historic Opportunity' Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending

'An Historic Opportunity': Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending

Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign Minister Özdil Nami tells SPIEGEL that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification. Interview by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]