The Propaganda War: Opposition Sings Kremlin Tune on Ukraine

The Propaganda War: Opposition Sings Kremlin Tune on Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2014

The propaganda war in the Ukraine crisis has spawned a renewal Russian nationalism, with members of the opposition and the intellectual class suddenly praising President Putin. Many in Russia are accepting the Kremlin's official line uncritically. By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms

Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2014

It remains unclear what Russia might have in store for eastern Ukraine, but nationalist groups are preparing for the worst. The right-wing scene in the country is varied and complex, but one thing is certain: It is attracting an increasing number of followers. By Benjamin Bidder and Uwe Klussmann more... Comment ]

'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East

'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2014

Many in the West believe that Russia is behind the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Kiev on Tuesday launched an offensive to retake control of the region, but the biggest question still looms: Will Russia invade? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2014

Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length. By Charles Hawley in Brussels more... Comment ]

A Sober Look: It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia

A Sober Look: It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2014

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vladimir Putin's conservative, anti-Western approach to power. A Commentary by Christian Neef more... Comment ]

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2014

Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German identity. Are we as deeply rooted in the West as most believe? An Essay By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

The 'White Angel': Maidan Heroine Considers Future in Politics

The 'White Angel': Maidan Heroine Considers Future in Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Ukrainian physician Olga Bogomolets became a hero on Independance Square in Kiev by providing medical care to injured protesters. She has become a force in the country and has the potential to parlay her experiences into a promising political career. By Marc Hujer more... Comment ]

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

The Sympathy Problem: Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren't so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in the country. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fighting Words: Schäuble Says Putin's Crimea Plans Reminiscent of Hitler

Fighting Words: Schäuble Says Putin's Crimea Plans Reminiscent of Hitler

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2014

He's not the first to do it, but he's a big enough player that it could worsen tensions. On Monday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said he saw parallels between Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and Adolf Hitler's land grab of Sudetenland. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]