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Russia's Return

Russia's brazen return to prominence on the world stage under Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev hasn't sat well with many in the international community -- including its West-leaning neighbors. Europe's dependence on Russian resources has also diminished Europe's influence to the Kremlin's hard-line policies.

Stuck in the Middle: Polish Intellectuals Sound the Alarm on Russia

Stuck in the Middle: Polish Intellectuals Sound the Alarm on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2014

Poland has long seen itself as stuck between the East and West, resulting in plenty of historical suffering. Russian aggression in Ukraine has many in the country fearing the worst. Leading Polish writers worry that the West isn't doing enough. By Jurek Skrobala 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 ]

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2014

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2014

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2014

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

Henry Kissinger is the most famous and most divisive secretary of state the US has ever had. In an interview, he discusses his new book exploring the crises of our time, from Syria to Ukraine, and the limits of American power. He says he acted in accordance with his convictions in Vietnam. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine

The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2014

There was a time when it looked as though eastern Ukraine might become part of Russia. Now, though, rebels in the region have been fighting among themselves and Moscow is unsure how to proceed. Sunday's election changed nothing. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2014

In an interview, the Dutch official leading the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine addresses reports that German intelligence is convinced the plane got shot down by pro-Russian separatists. Interview Conducted by Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

As the Ukrainian election approaches, citizens are both hopeful and skeptical about their country's future. But their biggest concern isn't the war in the east or Russian interference -- it's the country's need for a working state. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]