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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.

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany. Interview Conducted by Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow 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 ]

Opinion: Watch Out for Little Green Men

Opinion: Watch Out for Little Green Men

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2014

When Moscow-backed troops appeared in Crimea earlier this year, the media dubbed them the "Little Green Men." Now NATO members should ask themselves how they will respond if the soldiers begin appearing in Estonia and Latvia too. By Steve Pifer more... Comment ]

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Russian Riddle: EU Can't Agree on a Natural Gas Strategy

Russian Riddle: EU Can't Agree on a Natural Gas Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

European leaders agree that the Ukraine crisis has made natural gas supplies from Russia precarious. Yet they are divided over what to do about it. Poland wants a new European energy union, but others seem to be in no hurry. By Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Ukraine: Cossacks Thought To Be Behind Observer Kidnappings

Ukraine: Cossacks Thought To Be Behind Observer Kidnappings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2014

Western diplomats believe that leading Cossacks could be behind the abduction of two teams of OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine, SPIEGEL has learned. A leading Cossack in the Russian parliament could have the power to free them. more... Comment ]

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2014

Fighters from Russia's Caucasus region have joined the separatists in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev has intensified its efforts to win back control of the region. Just 10 days after the presidential election there, the conflict is quickly turning into a war. By Moritz Gathmann and Christian Neef more... Comment ]

The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War

The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2014

With the help of news services like RT and Ruptly, the Kremlin is seeking to reshape the way the world thinks about Russia. And it has been highly successful: Vladimir Putin has won the propaganda war over Ukraine and the West is divided. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has thrust Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski into the limelight as he takes a leading role in formulating Europe's response to Russian aggression. Long a star in Warsaw politics, his stature is now growing internationally. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]