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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.

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2018

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2018

The attack on former spy Sergei Skripal thrust the nerve agent Novichok into the spotlight. For many, it was the first time they had heard of the poison, but it has long been a bone of contention between Moscow and the West. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

Following last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack, the Syrian conflict could escalate once again. U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter threat and Russian response show just how dangerous the situation has become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Poisoned Dialogue: Skripal Case Descends into a Propaganda War

Poisoned Dialogue: Skripal Case Descends into a Propaganda War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2018

In its rush to assign guilt to Moscow for the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the British government now finds itself on the defensive. Some German politicians have their doubts. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2018

Newly released secret documents reveal that Chancellor Helmut Kohl opposed negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late stages of the Cold War. Had the West German leader prevailed, it's likely the conflict would have ended very differently. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2018

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month has significantly worsened already tense relations between Moscow and the West. The crime marks the first chemical weapons attack on Western Europe since the end of World War II. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Putin System: How Russia's Eternal President Has Changed His Country

The Putin System: How Russia's Eternal President Has Changed His Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2018

Russians will be going to the polls on March 18, but it is already clear who will emerge victorious. Vladimir Putin has been at the helm for almost 20 years -- both dramatically changing his country and subjugating it at the same time. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


Cyber-Espionage Hits Berlin: The Breach from the East

Cyber-Espionage Hits Berlin: The Breach from the East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2018

German intelligence officials issued warnings back in 2016 of a cyber-espionage group known as Snake. But the apparently Russian hackers behind the group were able to breach the German government nonetheless. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Lady In Black: The German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case

Lady In Black: The German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2018

A German national appears prominently in the investigation into the possible Russian contacts made by Donald Trump's associates. Did she serve as the strawman for illegal lobbying in the United States? By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2018

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently excluded from running against Vladimir Putin in the presidential election scheduled this March in Russia. The reason is clear: A real politician is unwelcome against the backdrop of the country's imitated democracy. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]