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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 West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

The EU and US have come down hard on Russia for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. But from the perspective of the Kremlin, it is the West that has painted Putin into a corner. And the Russian president will do what it takes to free himself. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Dossier of Dubiousness: Did Putin's Man in Crimea Have Mafia Ties?

Dossier of Dubiousness: Did Putin's Man in Crimea Have Mafia Ties?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

Secret documents provide new information about how Crimea's newly installed prime minister amassed his assets. They also suggest Sergei Aksyonov had ties to the mafia. To this day, he denies any links to organized crime. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

It's not only in Crimea where Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing with fire, but also in eastern Ukraine. The majority of the people in the economically powerful region speak Russian and reject the new government in Kiev. By Uwe Klussmann and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same. Interview Conducted By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Germany has said it wants to take on greater responsibility in foreign policy -- and the Crimea crisis offers a golden opportunity to do so. Berlin should impose tougher penalties against Russia, even if it would hurt the German economy. A Commentary by David Böcking more... Comment ]

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The political crisis between Europe and Russia continues to worsen and sanctions are coming. But Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility giant E.on is unconcerned. He says the Moscow-Berlin partnership has promoted peace on the continent and warns against gambling it away. An Interview by Frank Dohmen and Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

US Experts on the Crimean Crisis: 'We Shouldn't Threaten Putin'

US Experts on the Crimean Crisis: 'We Shouldn't Threaten Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2014

Shortly before the planned Crimea referendum, the West has increased pressure on Russia. Those efforts could backfire, warn two experts at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. They shed light on the way Vladimir Putin views Europe as a threat. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is tempting to compare events in Ukraine to 1914. But the current crisis bears little resemblance to the geopolitical situation of the time. The answers history provides are anything but singular and absolute. By Christopher Clark more... Comment ]