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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.

A Crude Heroine: Nadiya Savchenko's Assault on Ukraine's Elite

A Crude Heroine: Nadiya Savchenko's Assault on Ukraine's Elite

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2016

After her release from a Russia prison, Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko was celebrated as a hero. Now, though, she is making powerful enemies with her coarse verbal attacks against the country's political elite. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2016

Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO's aggressive posturing and the West's inability to understand Russian values. Interview conducted by Christian Neef more... Comment ]

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Warsaw, what is the best way to proceed with Russia? Which aims should the West and the Kremlin be pursuing? And what can be done to end the current crisis? One thing is clear: We need strategic patience. An Essay By Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]


The Crimea Complex: A Crisis of Identity Where East Meets West

The Crimea Complex: A Crisis of Identity Where East Meets West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

It's been two years since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Since then, President Vladimir Putin has been cheered for liberating the peninsula and scorned for usurping it -- depending on who you ask. But what do the Crimeans think? By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg: 'We Don't Want a New Cold War'

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg: 'We Don't Want a New Cold War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2016

SPIEGEL speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the alliance's response to Russian aggression, the growth of member state defense spending and whether Turkey still shares the organization's values. Interview Conducted by Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

Standing tough on Russia remains official policy, but Germany has begun working on the careful easing of sanctions imposed following Moscow's aggression in Ukraine. The US is opposed, but many in the EU could support the new approach. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Russian Threat: NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

The Russian Threat: NATO Struggles to Recover after Years of Budget Cuts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2016

A recent study set off widespread concern about NATO's readiness to confront Russian aggression. Now, alliance member states are ratcheting up defense spending -- but the numbers still don't add up. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2016

The right-wing populist, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany party is seeking ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing is discussing an alliance with the youth movement of Putin's party United Russia. The AfD is also courting Russian-German voters. By Melanie Amann and Pavel Lokshin more... Comment ]

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2016

Moscow was long in the hands of criminals and the nouveau riche. Today, Europe's biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more open and more cosmopolitan, despite Putin's nationalism. By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]