Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

After months of failed telephone diplomacy between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hardliners are gaining the upper hand in discussions over the appropriate response to Russia. They may soon prevail with demands that go far beyond new economic sanctions. By Nikolaus Blome, Christiane Hoffmann, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. 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 ]

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 ]