Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

After months of failed telephone diplomacy between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hardliners are gaining the upper hand in discussions over the appropriate response to Russia. They may soon prevail with demands that go far beyond new economic sanctions. By Nikolaus Blome, Christiane Hoffmann, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2014

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how the move will ultimately be judged. A trip through Crimea provides some answers. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propaganda battles rage around it. Few here seem concerned that the investigation into the tragedy could influence future ties with Europe. By Christian Neef in Grabovo, Ukraine more... Comment ]

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 58, says the downing of an aircraft carrying 300 Europeans convinced EU leaders of the need for tougher new sanctions against Moscow. German industry, he says, is on board too. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Stopping Putin: The Time Has Come for Europe to Act

Stopping Putin: The Time Has Come for Europe to Act

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2014

Vladimir Putin has ignored Western demands that he cease arming and supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. As such, he shares responsibility for the shooting down of MH17. It is now time for Europe to take tough action. A DER SPIEGEL  Editorial more... Comment ]

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2014

Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

The Tragedy of MH17: Attack Could Mark Turning Point in Ukraine Conflict

The Tragedy of MH17: Attack Could Mark Turning Point in Ukraine Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2014

The shooting down of a jet carrying 298 people on Thursday could mark the turning point in the conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the West. With evidence suggesting pro-Russian separatists fired the missile, pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Europe's New Status Quo: 'Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle'

Europe's New Status Quo: 'Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine has ended Europe's long period of stability -- but what does that mean for its future? SPIEGEL speaks with three experts about Putin's plans for the region and why the EU needs to step up in order to survive. By Tobias Rapp and Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

Ukraine Election: The Chocolate King Rises

Ukraine Election: The Chocolate King Rises

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2014

It would have seemed ludicrous just six months ago, but candy magnate Petro Poroshenko has now become the leading candidate in the Ukrainian election. The question remains: Is he an opportunist or a visionary? more... Comment ]