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 ]

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

The EU and US have come down hard on Russia for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. But from the perspective of the Kremlin, it is the West that has painted Putin into a corner. And the Russian president will do what it takes to free himself. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same. Interview Conducted By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Whither NATO? Difficulties in the Trans-Atlantic Relationship

Whither NATO? Difficulties in the Trans-Atlantic Relationship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

Revelations about NSA spying and an unequal sharing of military burdens has cast a recent shadow over the trans-Atlantic relationship. But NATO remains just as important as ever. It is time for all alliance members to recognize that fact. An Op-Ed by Secretary William Cohen and General James Jones more... Comment ]

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted. It's an embarrassment for outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. By Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

NATO Reform: German Plan Faces Broad Opposition

NATO Reform: German Plan Faces Broad Opposition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to strengthen cooperation among NATO members and is calling for reform of the military alliance. But other countries are skeptical. His proposal also threatens to upset ongoing government coalition negotiations in Berlin. By Matthias Gebauer, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult in Berlin and Brussels more... Comment ]

Learning to Fight: How Afghanistan Changed the German Military

Learning to Fight: How Afghanistan Changed the German Military

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

In Afghanistan, dangerous combat has helped post-war Germany's reluctant armed forces gain self-confidence and expertise. But with the public and politicians loath to enter into new conflicts, what will the military's role be going forward? By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]