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Thawing Fortunes

Amid disappearing ice shelves, the world's top powers fight over new territory in the Great North. The Arctic's unexplored natural resources along with emerging new, faster shipping routes have pitted Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States in a frigid territorial race.

Maintaining Russian Power: How Putin Outfoxed the West

Maintaining Russian Power: How Putin Outfoxed the West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2013

In one of his many foreign-policy successes this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has used power politics and blackmail to bring Ukraine back into Russia's sphere of influence. But what is the Kremlin leader's secret to success? By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Arctic Scramble: Russia to Flex Military Muscle in Far North

Arctic Scramble: Russia to Flex Military Muscle in Far North

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

The Arctic is believed to be rich in natural gas and oil, and countries with territory in the region are increasingly looking to exploit it. Russia is now planning a dedicated Arctic military force, and is revamping old Soviet military bases to stake its own claim. more...

Semicolon Strife: Russia Rejects Court Hearing Over Punctuation

Semicolon Strife: Russia Rejects Court Hearing Over Punctuation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Greenpeace activists have languished in a Russian jail for weeks after attempting to board a Gazprom oil rig. The Netherlands, where the activists' ship was registered, has called on the Hamburg-based international marine tribunal to intervene. By Thomas Darnstädt more... Comment ]

Greenpeace vs. Gazprom: Football Protest Stokes Row with Russia

Greenpeace vs. Gazprom: Football Protest Stokes Row with Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

The ongoing conflict over 30 Greenpeace activists jailed in Russia for an action in the Arctic has taken a new twist. A high-profile football game in Switzerland was marred by a protest targeting Russian state-run energy giant and major soccer sponsor Gazprom. more... Comment ]

Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping

Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

This year has seen a record number of ships pass through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean. Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing all he can to make the route even more attractive. By Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Bogus Bloc: Why Joint European Votes Are Bad for Wildlife

Bogus Bloc: Why Joint European Votes Are Bad for Wildlife

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2013

Earlier this month, an abstention by EU member countries was a factor in the scuppering of a global ban on the trade of polar bear products. Under muddled EU bloc voting guidelines, Denmark and Greenland, a satellite state with 55,000 residents succeeded in holding the vote hostage. By Luke Dale-Harris more... Comment ]

The Resource Race: China Dips Toes in Arctic Waters

The Resource Race: China Dips Toes in Arctic Waters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2013

China is hungry for natural resources, and the Arctic is home to a wealth of them. Growing alarm about its ambitions has led Beijing to take a softer approach, stressing exploration and research over exploitation. By Christoph Seidler   more... Comment ]

Norway's New Foreign Minister: 'Exploitation of Arctic Resources Will Happen'

Norway's New Foreign Minister: 'Exploitation of Arctic Resources Will Happen'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2012

The Arctic is changing at a breathtaking pace, which has oil and gas companies flocking to the region. SPIEGEL ONLINE talks to Norway's new Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide about the dangers of resource extraction and China's role in the High North. more...

'The Black Plague': Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

'The Black Plague': Russia Plays Game of Arctic Roulette in Oil Exploration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2012

Thawing sea ice and improved technology is opening up the race for natural resource exploration in the Arctic Circle, home to nearly a quarter of the world's untapped oil reserves. Russia leads the race and has promised to adhere to environmental guidelines. But accidents and other damage resulting from the country's oil exploration tell a different story. By Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Final Frontier: Berlin Enters the Scramble for the Arctic

Final Frontier: Berlin Enters the Scramble for the Arctic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2011

As the Arctic ice melts, Germany wants to make sure its scientists gain unfettered access to the region. They have been hindered by the Russians, and other Arctic nations have been hesitant to cooperate. But Berlin also has its eyes on the bigger North Pole booty: natural resources and sea routes. By Christian Schwägerl and Christoph Seidler more... Comment ]