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 ]

'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 ]

Estonian Minister: 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'

Estonian Minister: 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2014

Jevgeni Ossinovski, the sole member of the Russian minority serving as a minister in the Estonian government, says he doesn't fear that Vladimir Putin will seek a repeat of Crimea in the Baltics. The Russian minority, he argues, is firmly anchored in Europe. Interview by Jan Puhl 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 ]

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

The EU and US have come down hard on Russia for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. But from the perspective of the Kremlin, it is the West that has painted Putin into a corner. And the Russian president will do what it takes to free himself. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent many years trying to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin. But even she didn't expect him to annex Crimea. Now, she and her European counterparts are struggling to come up with a response. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]