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The Baltic Front: Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

The Baltic Front: Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2015

The Baltic states view themselves as being at the front lines in a new East-West conflict. But even with large Russian minority populations, its difficult to envision a Ukraine-style conflict taking shape in Lithania, Latvia or Estonia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

Washington is once again talking about stationing nuclear warheads in Europe. Russia, too, is turning up the rhetoric. Europeans are concerned about becoming caught in the middle of a new Cold War. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2015

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: How to Stabilize Ukraine without Playing Putin's Game

Opinion: How to Stabilize Ukraine without Playing Putin's Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2015

In an editorial, the head of the Munich Security Conference warns that Russian refusal to help implement the Minsk agreement may leave Western countries with no choice but to deliver defense equipment to Kiev -- and Moscow should be fully aware of the responsibility it would then carry. By Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine

Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2014

The president of Ukraine is talking up the idea of a national referendum to join NATO, an idea that the military alliance's chief has openly supported. But such a debate is dangerous -- because it divides member states and provides Putin with powerful ammunition. A Commentary by Christoph Schult in Brussels more... Comment ]

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2014

In an interview, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, 46, discusses relations with neighboring Russia and his country's flirtation with NATO. He says Finland will make a decision "without asking for permission." Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2014

The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appears to be holding, but President Vladimir Putin still has the upper hand. Increasingly, it looks like he intends to establish a Russian protectorate in eastern Ukraine. By Benjamin Bidder, Markus Feldenkirchen, Marc Hujer and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

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 ]