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 ]

NATO's Rasmussen: 'Active Role' for Germany 'Decisive for Europe's Future'

NATO's Rasmussen: 'Active Role' for Germany 'Decisive for Europe's Future'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2014

In an interview, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses Germany's postwar tradition of pacificism and his belief the country is now ready, and indeed has the responsibility, to take on a greater role in global affairs. Interview Conducted By Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

German Defense Minister: 'Russia Has Destroyed a Massive Amount of Trust'

German Defense Minister: 'Russia Has Destroyed a Massive Amount of Trust'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2014

In an interview, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, 55, discusses her push to deepen the country's foreign involvement, the Ukraine crisis and progress made to date by Germany's military in Afghanistan. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2014

Fighters from Russia's Caucasus region have joined the separatists in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev has intensified its efforts to win back control of the region. Just 10 days after the presidential election there, the conflict is quickly turning into a war. By Moritz Gathmann and Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Unprotected in the East: NATO Appears Toothless in Ukraine Crisis

Unprotected in the East: NATO Appears Toothless in Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2014

If Russia were to engage in military aggression in the Baltics, NATO would be unable to defend the region using conventional means. An internal report highlights weaknesses in the alliance. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

To contain the forces of madness in Ukraine, the West must prepare to work together with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If he doesn't comply and continues to lie, then tough sanctions must follow. For Germany, there can be no special path. more... Comment ]

War in Europe? Ukraine and the Threat of Wildfire

War in Europe? Ukraine and the Threat of Wildfire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2014

Following the apparent failure of the Geneva agreements, the inconceivable suddenly seems possible: the invasion of eastern Ukraine by the Russian army. Fears are growing in the West of the breakout of a new war in Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing a Dangerous Game'

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing a Dangerous Game'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks to SPIEGEL about military escalation with Russia, which he describes as the "worst crisis since the end of the Cold War," Vladimir Putin's long-term goals and how NATO is adapting to a difficult new reality. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Searching for Deterrence: Ukraine Crisis Exposes Gaps Between Berlin and NATO

Searching for Deterrence: Ukraine Crisis Exposes Gaps Between Berlin and NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2014

Once the Cold War ended, Western militaries reduced their focus on military deterrence in Europe. As a consequence, the Ukraine crisis has caught NATO flat-footed as it rushes to find an adequate response to Russia. Germany has been reluctant to go along. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren't so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in the country. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]