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Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about natural gas deliveries to Europe, the Ukraine crisis and the damage caused by economic sanctions. Interview Conducted by Gerald Traufetter and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propaganda battles rage around it. Few here seem concerned that the investigation into the tragedy could influence future ties with Europe. By Christian Neef in Grabovo, Ukraine more... Comment ]

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 58, says the downing of an aircraft carrying 300 Europeans convinced EU leaders of the need for tougher new sanctions against Moscow. German industry, he says, is on board too. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Stopping Putin: The Time Has Come for Europe to Act

Stopping Putin: The Time Has Come for Europe to Act

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

Vladimir Putin has ignored Western demands that he cease arming and supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. As such, he shares responsibility for the shooting down of MH17. It is now time for Europe to take tough action. A DER SPIEGEL  Editorial more... Comment ]

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2014

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2014

Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

In Russia's Shadow: Searching for the Roots of the Georgia Problem

In Russia's Shadow: Searching for the Roots of the Georgia Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2014

Georgia recently signed an association agreement with the EU and it also wants to become a member of NATO. Russia's shadow, though, continues to loom over the Caucasus, so what does the future hold for the country trapped between the East and the West? By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she lacks extensive experience, but is full of confidence. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]