New Report on Russia-Georgia War: EU Investigators Debunk Saakashvili's Lies

New Report on Russia-Georgia War: EU Investigators Debunk Saakashvili's Lies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2009

The EU fact-finding mission on the Russia-Georgia war has published its findings in a much-anticipated report. The authors blame Georgia for the war but also assign partial responsibility to Russia. Both countries have reacted angrily to the findings, with the Russia ambassador to NATO saying the report is only "pseudo-balanced." By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...

EU Report: Independent Experts Blame Georgia for South Ossetia War

EU Report: Independent Experts Blame Georgia for South Ossetia War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2009

An EU expert commission has put the blame for last summer's South Ossetia war on Georgia, but also holds Russia partly responsible, SPIEGEL has learned. The findings, which are still under wraps, are likely to reignite the debate on the causes of the war when they are published. more...


The ABC Republic: Abkhazia Attempts to Invent Itself

The ABC Republic: Abkhazia Attempts to Invent Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2009

Russia may have officially recognized Abkhazia, but the separatist Georgian province is still illegitimate in the eyes of the rest of the world. The tiny state's politically strategic location makes it a potential source of conflict between East and West. What happens when a nation tries to invent itself? By Alexander Smoltczyk more...

Who Started the South Ossetia War? Georgia Deflects Blame Ahead of EU Report

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2009

In a soon-to-be-published report, the European Union is expected to place the responsibility for starting the South Ossetia war on Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. Georgia is already taking pre-emptive measures to deflect blame, with Georgian media accusing SPIEGEL of being a "mouthpiece for Putin." more...


The Kremlin's Powderkeg: Moscow's Troubles in the Caucasus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2009

The ongoing ethnic and political tensions between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea are becoming a threat to the leadership in Moscow. Although the Kremlin garnered respect as a result of its war with Georgia one year ago, the situation remains explosive in other parts of the Caucasus. By Uwe Klußmann and Matthias Schepp more...

A Shattered Dream in Georgia: EU Probe Creates Burden for Saakashvili

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2009

Unpublished documents produced by the European Union commission that investigated the conflict between Georgia and Moscow assign much of the blame to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. But the Kremlin and Ossetian militias are also partly responsible. By Uwe Klußmann more...


Seething in Georgia: Poverty and Powerlessness Fuel Growing Rage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2009

Since losing a war to -- and its markets in -- Russia, Georgia has seen worsening poverty and unemployment. The recent failed rebellion was only the most recent sign of discontent with President Saakashvili. Upcoming protests promise to challenge he leadership even further. By Uwe Klußmann in Moscow more...

Georgia's Murky Motives: Saakashvili under Pressure from EU Probe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2009

An EU enquiry investigating the events of last summer's conflict between Russia and Georgia is shining an unfavorable light on Mikheil Saakashvili. A secret document may prove that the Georgian president had planned a war of aggression in South Ossetia. By Uwe Klußmann more...


Six Months after Caucasus War: South Ossetia Becomes Thorn in Russia's Side

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 24, 2008

South Ossetia has been a de facto Russian protectorate since Moscow's victory in the five-day war in Georgia. But the breakaway republic is becoming an embarrassment for the Kremlin, with a corrupt president, disappearing aid money and brewing social unrest. more...

Ukraine and Georgia: German Foreign Minister Wary of NATO Expansion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2008

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday that there is no reason to push ahead with putting Ukraine and Georgia on the path to NATO membership. His statement indicates that Germany is preparing to oppose the US at next week's NATO summit. more...