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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.

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2014

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

Henry Kissinger is the most famous and most divisive secretary of state the US has ever had. In an interview, he discusses his new book exploring the crises of our time, from Syria to Ukraine, and the limits of American power. He says he acted in accordance with his convictions in Vietnam. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine

The Chaos Republics: Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2014

There was a time when it looked as though eastern Ukraine might become part of Russia. Now, though, rebels in the region have been fighting among themselves and Moscow is unsure how to proceed. Sunday's election changed nothing. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2014

In an interview, the Dutch official leading the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine addresses reports that German intelligence is convinced the plane got shot down by pro-Russian separatists. Interview Conducted by Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

As the Ukrainian election approaches, citizens are both hopeful and skeptical about their country's future. But their biggest concern isn't the war in the east or Russian interference -- it's the country's need for a working state. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2014

Germany's foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. By Hubert Gude and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2014

In an interview, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, 46, discusses relations with neighboring Russia and his country's flirtation with NATO. He says Finland will make a decision "without asking for permission." Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2014

The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appears to be holding, but President Vladimir Putin still has the upper hand. Increasingly, it looks like he intends to establish a Russian protectorate in eastern Ukraine. By Benjamin Bidder, Markus Feldenkirchen, Marc Hujer and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about natural gas deliveries to Europe, the Ukraine crisis and the damage caused by economic sanctions. Interview Conducted by Gerald Traufetter and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Undeclared War: Putin's Covert Invasion of Eastern Ukraine

Undeclared War: Putin's Covert Invasion of Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Moscow has continued to deny direct involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. But evidence to the contrary continues to mount. NATO says up to 1,000 Russian soldiers have joined the fray and the pro-Russian separatists have made a remarkable turnaround. By Benjamin Bidder, Moritz Gathmann, Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]