The Wake-Up Call Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
A column of hearses leaves an airbase in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, carrying the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

A column of hearses leaves an airbase in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, carrying the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Remko De Waal/ dpa
Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted Western attempts to force him to abandon support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted Western attempts to force him to abandon support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/ AFP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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