The World from Berlin: Belarusian Elections Show Western 'Helplessness'

The World from Berlin: Belarusian Elections Show Western 'Helplessness'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2012

The sham parliamentary election in Belarus this weekend has Western leaders calling for even tougher sanctions against the country's autocratic regime. But German editorialists on Tuesday are doubtful that this will do much to weaken dictator Alexander Lukashenko. more...

Fading Opposition: Parliamentary Vote Leaves Belarus Despot Stronger

Fading Opposition: Parliamentary Vote Leaves Belarus Despot Stronger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2012

Before the ballots had even been counted, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko presented himself as the winner of Sunday's parliamentary election. The man dubbed "Europe's last dictator" is benefiting from the deep divisions among his opponents, and has even enjoyed increasing public support. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...

Support for a Dictatorship: German Police Trained Belarusian Officials

Support for a Dictatorship: German Police Trained Belarusian Officials

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2012

Despite European Union sanctions against the repressive regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, German federal police were training his "experts" as late as last year. The training took place in Belarus just weeks after a crackdown on opposition protesters. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

No Ice Hockey for Lukashenko? German Lawmakers Seek to Block Championships in Belarus

No Ice Hockey for Lukashenko? German Lawmakers Seek to Block Championships in Belarus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2012

German parliamentarians are questioning whether the authoritarian country of Belarus should be allowed to host the 2014 world ice hockey championships as planned. The move comes amid demands to relocate European Football Championship matches scheduled in Ukraine in reaction to the Tymoshenko case. more...

'Better To Be a Dictator than Gay': Germany Slams Lukashenko Over Slur

'Better To Be a Dictator than Gay': Germany Slams Lukashenko Over Slur

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2012

Berlin has reacted with disgust to an insult by the Belarus president about Germany's homosexual foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle. In response to criticism of his country's human rights record, Alexander Lukashenko said it is "better to be a dictator than gay." Westerwelle said the remark "speaks for itself." more...

Uprising in Belarus: Internet Generation Takes on Europe's Last Dictator

Uprising in Belarus: Internet Generation Takes on Europe's Last Dictator

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2011

The end of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko's era appears to be approaching, as thousands take to the streets in Minsk to protest against the country's economic crisis. The Internet-savvy demonstrators are finding ever-more-creative ways to voice dissent, but Lukashenko is responding with violence. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Belarus Leader's Grip on Power: West Puzzled by Lukashenko's Clampdown on Weak Opposition 

Belarus Leader's Grip on Power: West Puzzled by Lukashenko's Clampdown on Weak Opposition 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2011

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claims regime opponents funded by the West were behind the recent subway bombing in Minsk. His behavior is puzzling, observers say. He is cracking down on the opposition even though it is weak and divided and the population seems in no mood for revolution. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Twelve Die in Belarusian Explosion: Lukashenko Blames Foreign Forces for Subway Blast

Twelve Die in Belarusian Explosion: Lukashenko Blames Foreign Forces for Subway Blast

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2011

An explosion in a subway station in Minsk has killed 12 people and injured 149. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has warned that foreign forces could be behind the apparent terrorist attack. The Belarusian pro-democracy opposition is already fearing a crackdown. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

'They Accept Us as We Are': Lukashenko Looks East for New Friends

'They Accept Us as We Are': Lukashenko Looks East for New Friends

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2011

Western guests were conspicuously absent at Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's inauguration on Friday after the US and European Union boycotted the ceremony. The man described as Europe's last dictator has also accused Germany and Poland of plotting his downfall. Belarus is now looking to Russia and China for support. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...

Backsliding in Belarus: The EU's False Impression of Lukashenko

Backsliding in Belarus: The EU's False Impression of Lukashenko

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 27, 2010

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko left little doubt about who was in control of his country following last week's elections. The European Union had hoped for more democracy. But it would appear that many in Belarus are happy with the status quo. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]