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 ]

The Wrong Impression: Schröder's Russia Ties Are Bad Politics

The Wrong Impression: Schröder's Russia Ties Are Bad Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2014

With his close ties with Vladimir Putin, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has the potential to create serious problems for his country's foreign policy. Many are questioning whether his Social Democrats are overly loyal to Russia. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

Editorial: No Special Path for Germany in Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

To contain the forces of madness in Ukraine, the West must prepare to work together with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If he doesn't comply and continues to lie, then tough sanctions must follow. For Germany, there can be no special path. more... Comment ]

Opinion: Putin's Not Post-Communist, He's Post-Fascist

Opinion: Putin's Not Post-Communist, He's Post-Fascist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2014

Some like to idealize Vladimir Putin as the ideological successor to the left-wing Soviet leaders, but that's sheer nonsense. His speeches offer clear evidence that his points of reference originate in fascism. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

War in Europe? Ukraine and the Threat of Wildfire

War in Europe? Ukraine and the Threat of Wildfire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2014

Following the apparent failure of the Geneva agreements, the inconceivable suddenly seems possible: the invasion of eastern Ukraine by the Russian army. Fears are growing in the West of the breakout of a new war in Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Bad Taste: Ex-Chancellor Parties with Putin

Bad Taste: Ex-Chancellor Parties with Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2014

The conflict in eastern Ukraine threatens to escalate, but that didn't stop former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder from celebrating his 70th birthday with Vladimir Putin on Monday. By doing so, he is making a mockery of Berlin's foreign policy. A Commentary By Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing a Dangerous Game'

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'Russia is Playing a Dangerous Game'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks to SPIEGEL about military escalation with Russia, which he describes as the "worst crisis since the end of the Cold War," Vladimir Putin's long-term goals and how NATO is adapting to a difficult new reality. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Soviet Yearnings: Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation

Soviet Yearnings: Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2014

Transnistria is the only place in Europe that still uses the hammer and sickle on its flag. Now that Russia has annexed Crimea and is eyeing eastern Ukraine, many in the breakaway Moldovan republic hope that they are next on Moscow's agenda. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

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 ]