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 ]

Loved and Hated: Can Tymoshenko Still Lead Ukraine?

Loved and Hated: Can Tymoshenko Still Lead Ukraine?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2014

Few figures in Ukraine are more divisive than Yulia Tymoshenko. Some see her as a martyr while others consider her to be part of the corrupt system. Now she wants to become president, but can she succeed? By Erich Follath and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Yanukovych's Fall: The Power of Ukraine's Billionaires

Yanukovych's Fall: The Power of Ukraine's Billionaires

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2014

The protesters in Kiev were largely responsible for the fall of the Ukrainian president. But his way out of office was paved by two of the country's most powerful oligarchs. Made rich by Viktor Yanukovych, the pair made early preparations for his departure. By Christian Neef  in Kiev more... Comment ]

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko: 'The People Intend to Fight'

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko: 'The People Intend to Fight'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2013

Ukrainian opposition leader and heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko spoke to SPIEGEL about his presidential ambitions, the ongoing threat of a violent crackdown against the protesters, and Germany's role in bringing Ukraine closer to Europe. Interview Conducted By Benjamin Bidder and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Police Offensive: Fronts Harden in Kiev Opposition Protests

Police Offensive: Fronts Harden in Kiev Opposition Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

Kiev police are destroying barricades erected by protesters as the sub-zero showdown continues. With the Klitschko brothers at the lead, demonstrators continue to clash with security personnel over the government's move away from EU cooperation. By Benjamin Bidder in Kiev more...

Putin's Gambit: How the EU Lost Ukraine

Putin's Gambit: How the EU Lost Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

The inability of European bureaucrats to keep up with the Kremlin's manipulations -- or Kiev's political calculations -- has cost the EU a trade deal with Ukraine, and severely damaged its foreign policy. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Aborted EU Deal: Protests Rock Ukraine After Pull-Back

Aborted EU Deal: Protests Rock Ukraine After Pull-Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

In the wake of Ukraine's withdrawal from EU trade deal discussions, Kiev was rocked by the biggest protests since the Orange Revolution while the daughter of imprisoned former Ukrainian leader Yulia Tymoshenko pled for Germany's help. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Ukraine's Complaints Are 'Insolent'

World from Berlin: Ukraine's Complaints Are 'Insolent'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

The Ukrainian government's decision to withdraw from discussions of a planned trade deal with the EU is drawing condemnation in Europe. German editorialists decry Russia's strong-arm tactics in the run-up to the decision. more... Comment ]

Tymoshenko Stays: Ukraine Halts Plan to Sign EU Trade Deal

Tymoshenko Stays: Ukraine Halts Plan to Sign EU Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Kiev has put a stop to negotiations on signing a landmark trade pact with the EU. The announcement came hours after the country's parliament rejected the release of imprisoned Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko so she can receive medical treatment abroad. more... Comment ]

Tymoshenko Release: Ukraine's Geopolitical Future Hangs on Deal

Tymoshenko Release: Ukraine's Geopolitical Future Hangs on Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

EU negotiators have arrived in Ukraine to try to secure the release of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A successful agreement will pave the way for a free trade deal and unprecedented cooperation between the EU and Ukraine -- as well as a new rift with Russia. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]