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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 War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of hesitancy. But in Minsk this week, she committed herself to helping find a way to quiet the weapons in Ukraine. The result was a cease-fire. But it is fragile and may ultimately be disadvantageous for Ukraine. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls for more decisive action against Moscow, including weapons deliveries to Kiev, to show Russia it will have a "higher price to pay" for its actions in Ukraine. Interview Conducted By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2015

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly. By Markus Becker in Munich 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 ]

Gorbachev Interview: 'I Am Truly and Deeply Concerned'

Gorbachev Interview: 'I Am Truly and Deeply Concerned'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev discusses the dangers of poor relations between Russia and the West in the Ukraine crisis, saying there is a danger that things could get worse. Germany, he says, has a significant role to play. Interview Conducted by Matthias Schepp and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

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 ]