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 ]

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

It's not only in Crimea where Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing with fire, but also in eastern Ukraine. The majority of the people in the economically powerful region speak Russian and reject the new government in Kiev. By Uwe Klussmann and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Germany has said it wants to take on greater responsibility in foreign policy -- and the Crimea crisis offers a golden opportunity to do so. Berlin should impose tougher penalties against Russia, even if it would hurt the German economy. A Commentary by David Böcking more... Comment ]

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The political crisis between Europe and Russia continues to worsen and sanctions are coming. But Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility giant E.on is unconcerned. He says the Moscow-Berlin partnership has promoted peace on the continent and warns against gambling it away. An Interview by Frank Dohmen and Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

Beyond Ukraine: Russia's Imperial Mess

Beyond Ukraine: Russia's Imperial Mess

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2014

Russia's occupation of Crimea has violated international law and created a new crisis among world leaders. Now the EU and the US are fighting over the best means to address Russia's reawakened expansionary ambitions. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Crimean Crisis: All Eyes on Merkel

Crimean Crisis: All Eyes on Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2014

As the conflict with Russia over Crimea intensifies, Germany is playing a central role in communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the international community has doubts that Chancellor Angela Merkel can pull it off. By Philipp Wittrock and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Ukraine Conflict: Putin Strengthens His True Enemies

Ukraine Conflict: Putin Strengthens His True Enemies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2014

Although Russia has espoused moral justifications for its invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin's move is all about geopolitics. His short-sighted logic, however, could bring Ukrainian nationalists to power -- and create a whole new set of problems. A Commentary by Benjamin Bidder  in Moscow more... Comment ]

Putin's Difficult Decision: Ukraine Remains a Danger for Russia

Putin's Difficult Decision: Ukraine Remains a Danger for Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2014

The situation in Ukraine remains volatile -- and presents Russian President Vladimir Putin with a difficult conundrum. Should Ukrainian nationalists continue to gain power, pressure will grow on the Kremlin to take action. An Analysis by Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]

Dithering in Kiev: Russia Begins to Lose Patience with Ukraine

Dithering in Kiev: Russia Begins to Lose Patience with Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2014

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych got rid of his government, but seems unsure what to do next. The protests are spreading to the east and big brother Russia is demanding that calm be restored -- with violence if necessary. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Putin's Games: Influence Peddling at the Feeding Troughs of Sochi

Putin's Games: Influence Peddling at the Feeding Troughs of Sochi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2014

Though the Olympic Games in Sochi don't begin until next week, the victor is already clear: Vladimir Putin. The president has used the spectacle -- and the vast construction contracts involved -- to secure his own power and to rid himself of rivals. By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]