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EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2015

In an interview, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he is more concerned about the state of the European Union than he has ever been. Solidarity, he believes, is eroding and nation-state parochialism is on the rise. Interview Conducted by Horand Knaup and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2015

In an interview with SPIEGEL, former Russian opposition chief and chess world champion Garry Kasparov calls Vladimir Putin a dictator and accuses the West of capitulating in the face of the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy. more... Comment ]

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2015

The US and Europe have long opted to stay largely on the sidelines in Syria. But now Russia has begun carrying out airstrikes in the country in support of autocrat Bashar Assad. The move is likely to have far-reaching consequences. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2015

Iran has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2015

Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2015

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Russian Far-Right Idol: The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

Russian Far-Right Idol: The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2015

Strelkov claims to have convinced Russian President Putin to start the war in eastern Ukraine. The right winger is seen as a hero by the Russia's extremist fringe. And he is continuing the fight to return his country to its past glory. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of hesitancy. But in Minsk this week, she committed herself to helping find a way to quiet the weapons in Ukraine. The result was a cease-fire. But it is fragile and may ultimately be disadvantageous for Ukraine. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls for more decisive action against Moscow, including weapons deliveries to Kiev, to show Russia it will have a "higher price to pay" for its actions in Ukraine. Interview Conducted By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]