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Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2017

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is soon to join the supervisory board of Russia's largest oil company, Rosneft. His ties in Moscow are becoming a problem for Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz on the campaign trail. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset

Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2017

DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef spent three decades reporting on Russia. On the eve of his departure from Moscow, he reflects on a unique Russian mindset that Putin did not create but is brilliant at exploiting. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


The G-20's Most Important Meeting: Why We Need Trump and Putin To Get Along

The G-20's Most Important Meeting: Why We Need Trump and Putin To Get Along

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2017

On the eve of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump blasted the Russian president's "destabilizing behavior." Yet history shows that global stability improves when Moscow and Washington get along. And the recipe for doing so was on full display in Paris recently. A Commentary by Dietmar Pieper more... Comment ]

Interview with Alexei Navalny: 'The Kremlin Blocks Every Alternative to Putin'

Interview with Alexei Navalny: 'The Kremlin Blocks Every Alternative to Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, was just released from jail after widespread protests against government corruption. In an interview, he speaks about Putin's future plans for the country, the new generation of activists and why previous protests failed. Interview Conducted by Christian Esch and Christian Neef more... Comment ]


National Awakening: Alexei Navalny Shakes Up a Slumbering Russia

National Awakening: Alexei Navalny Shakes Up a Slumbering Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

A new generation in Russia is suddenly waking up and taking to the streets to protest corruption in the country. The movement's idol is Alexei Navalny, who could represent a threat to Vladimir Putin -- if he isn't locked away first. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Megalomania & Small-Mindedness: How America Lost Its Identity

Megalomania & Small-Mindedness: How America Lost Its Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2017

Reporter Holger Stark spent the past four years as DER SPIEGEL's Washington correspondent during a time in which the country changed radically enough to elect Donald Trump as its president. What led this once mighty nation into decline? By Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

The inauguration of Donald Trump heralds the arrival of a new world order. The West is weaker than ever before and rising American nationalism poses a threat both to Germany's economy and the European Union. more... Comment ]

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Russian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2016

Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO's aggressive posturing and the West's inability to understand Russian values. Interview conducted by Christian Neef 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 ]