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 ]

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 ]