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The Fractures: How To Counter the Attack on Democracy

The Fractures: How To Counter the Attack on Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2016

In these days of terrorism, a coup attempt and deep polarization in the world, it is time to take stock and find the right response. Intellectual and moral arrogance will get us nowhere. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Christiane Hoffmann 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 ]

Taking On Corruption: Inside Ukraine's War on Graft

Taking On Corruption: Inside Ukraine's War on Graft

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 18, 2016

Ukraine is the most corrupt country in Europe, but the country has launched efforts to do something about it. SPIEGEL ONLINE travelled to Ukraine to investigate the challenges facing the UN sustainability goal of eliminating graft. By Annette Langer (Text) and Misha Friedman (Photos) more...

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 ]

Changing the System: An Outsider Takes on Political Corruption in Ukraine

Changing the System: An Outsider Takes on Political Corruption in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2016

Ukraine's most popular politician lives far away from the country's capital. The mayor of Lviv is admired for his pragmatic approach to politics and for his refusal to do the president's bidding. Many believe he could soon bring his leadership style to Kiev. By Christian Neef in Lviv more... Comment ]

Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Their fathers all helped establish nascent democracy following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in Putin's Russia, these three women see no future for their country. Two, including the daughter of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsova, are battling the Kremlin from exile. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

Opinion: Standing Up To Putin's Aggression

Opinion: Standing Up To Putin's Aggression

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2016

Russia is only as strong as the West is weak. Europe and the United States have no answer to Putin's aggressive approach in Syria and elsewhere because they themselves lack a clear strategy. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Left Behind: Life in Purgatory on the Ukrainian Front Lines

Left Behind: Life in Purgatory on the Ukrainian Front Lines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2015

Trade has slowly resumed between Kiev and Donetsk despite the ongoing trade embargo, but life for those who live on the frontlines in Ukraine remains difficult. And war could return to the region at any moment. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

'Bellingcat Report Doesn't Prove Anything': Expert Criticizes Allegations of Russian MH17 Manipulation

'Bellingcat Report Doesn't Prove Anything': Expert Criticizes Allegations of Russian MH17 Manipulation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

The research group Bellingcat has accused Russia of manipulating satellite images from the MH17 disaster. But German image forensics expert Jens Kriese has criticized the analysis. He says it is impossible to say with any certainty whether Moscow is lying. Interview Conducted By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]