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Upheaval in Ukraine

Following violent clashes on the streets of Kiev, the Ukrainian parliament has ousted President Yanukovych. His former rival Tymoshenko will run against Vitali Klitschko in early elections at the end of May. Will the EU come to the aid of the financially ailing country?

Eesti Ekspress - Estonia | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Sergei Metlev sets hopes on Russians living abroad

Russians living outside Russia have a vital role to play in talking sense into the Russian government and population concerning the political situation in Ukraine, Russophone civil rights activist Sergei Metlev writes in the weekly paper Eesti Ekspress: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 6. March 2014

EU seeks position on Crimea crisis

The leaders of the EU are meeting today, Thursday, to discuss measures against Moscow. While Eastern European countries call for tough sanctions, Germany is pushing ... » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 6. March 2014

Threatening Moscow causes great harm

The West is acting like a bull in a china shop with its threats to Russia, the left-liberal daily Delo criticises: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 6. March 2014

EU rescue package won't avert bankruptcy

The EU wants to help Ukraine out with an eleven billion euro rescue package. That won't be enough to prevent the country from going bankrupt, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments: » more

Sputnikipogrom - Russia | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Global perspectives: Putin smothers Russian Spring

President Putin stated on Tuesday that the Kremlin was not backing any pro-Russian separatist movements. Putin is not doing enough to support Russians at home and abroad, Russian journalist Egor Prosvirnin writes on his blog Sputnikipogrom: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Crimea crisis hits the stock markets

The crisis in the Crimean Peninsula has sent the rouble and Russian shares into a downwards spiral. While Russia reportedly boosted its troops in the ... » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

No sign of help for Crimea's Tatars

The Tatars living in the Crimea are particularly alarmed at the prospect of the peninsula falling into Russian hands again. However the Turkic-speaking, Muslim ethnic group can't expect much in the way of help from the West, the Kemalist daily Cumhurriyet fears: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Baltic gripped by fear of Russia once more

There's not much the West can do in answer to the Russian aggression on the Crimea, the tabloid Õhtuleht writes, and fears for the freedom of the Baltic states: » more

Dnevnik - Bulgaria | Monday, 3. March 2014

Russia stumbling towards collapse

Vladimir Putin doesn't really want to go to war against Ukraine, but Russia is facing disaster no matter what happens now, political analyst Eugenii Daynov comments in the daily paper Dnevnik: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 3. March 2014

Moscow can't afford a war

Russia can't afford to wage war on the Crimea, the conservative daily Financial Times argues, noting that its economy would pay too high a price: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Crimea can't be held

Western politicians have harshly condemned Russia's military action on the Crimea and threatened to impose sanctions. But the West shouldn't get bogged down in a hopeless conflict, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

Main focus of Monday, 3. March 2014

Fears of war in the Crimea

Fears of a Russian military invasion in the Crimea are growing. Ukrainian border troops report that Russian tanks have already been deployed after Vladimir Putin ... » more

24 Chasa - Bulgaria | Monday, 3. March 2014

Crimea is not a new Georgia

The situation on the Crimean Peninsula can't be compared with the conflict between Russia and Georgia that led to the war in the southern Caucasus in 2008, political scientist Tihomir Bezlov argues in the daily newspaper 24 Chasa: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Monday, 3. March 2014

Hit Putin on the Achilles' heel

It's not enough to simply condemn Russia's actions, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes, and calls for economic sanctions: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 3. March 2014

The Brezhnev Doctrine of 2014

Russia's threat to invade the Crimean Peninsula brings to mind the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes, and compares Vladimir Putin with Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet leader at the time: » more

Kainuun Sanomat - Finland | Monday, 3. March 2014

Avoid firing of the first shot

Sober-mindedness alone can prevent a war in Europe, the liberal daily Kainuun Sanomat writes, praising the reserve of Western politicians: » more

Main focus of Friday, 28. February 2014

Power struggle in Crimea

The conflict between Russians and supporters of the new Ukrainian leadership in the Crimean region has escalated after groups of gunmen temporarily seized the regional ... » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Friday, 28. February 2014

EU amateurish in its dealings with Putin

The European Parliament has called for Ukraine to be given the prospect of joining the EU. Ridiculous, the conservative daily De Telegraaf writes: » more

Público - Portugal | Friday, 28. February 2014

Kamikaze mission for transitional government

When he took office on Thursday Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk described his cabinet as being on a "Kamikaze" mission - and he's probably right, the liberal daily Público fears: » more - Croatia | Friday, 28. February 2014

Teofil Pančić on the power of the European idea in Ukraine

The European vision is the driving force behind change, Serb columnist Teofil Pančić comments on the left-liberal web portal, with an eye to events in Ukraine: » more

The Press Project - Greece | Thursday, 27. February 2014

Apostolis Fotiadis on blind adherence to the idea of Europe

Politicians in Brussels are leading Europe into an impasse, columnist Apostolis Fotiadis writes on the online portal The Press Project: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 28. February 2014

No lessons learned from Yugoslavia conflict

The conflict in Ukraine is starting to resemble the Balkans in view of the tensions on the Crimean peninsula: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Friday, 28. February 2014

Moscow doesn't want international conflict

The conflict on the Crimean Peninsula is too much even for Russia to deal with, the neutral news magazine Newsweek Polska fears: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 27. February 2014

Russia puffs its chest on Ukraine's border

The new leadership in Kiev agreed on appointing Arseniy Yatsenyuk as interim prime minister on Wednesday. Meanwhile Moscow has ordered massive manoeuvres to test the ... » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, 26. February 2014

EU can't fulfill Ukrainians' hopes

For weeks the demonstrators on Kiev's Independence Square demanded closer ties with Europe, but the EU will hardly be able to satisfy their yearnings, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság fears: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 27. February 2014

Europe must dare to save Kiev

The developments in Ukraine are a source of both hope and concern for the liberal weekly Die Zeit: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 27. February 2014

Putin flexes his muscles

Putin's military manoeuvres on the Ukrainian border are above all meant to intimidate the country's new leaders, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica believes: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Thursday, 27. February 2014

Moscow fuels tension in the Crimean

Russia's president will never leave all of Ukraine to the EU, the conservative daily Večernji List fears, and is particularly worried by the renewed clashes between supporters and opponents of the new Ukrainian leadership that broke out on Wednesday on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 26. February 2014

Bell rings for election campaign in Ukraine

After Yulia Tymoshenko, Vitali Klitschko on Tuesday also announced his candidacy in the presidential elections in Ukraine slated for the end of May. Politicians in ... » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 26. February 2014

Klitschko will have to fight

His presidential candidacy could prove to be the hardest fight for Vitali Klitschko, the public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments, and questions the ex-boxer's political talent: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 26. February 2014

Curb oligarchs' power in Ukraine

Making a fresh start in Ukraine will only be successful if the power wielded by the country's oligarchs is curbed, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas comments: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Chance for new bridge between East and West

The West should avoid adopting an arrogant stance regarding the developments in Ukraine and instead view the conflict as a chance to improve relations with Russia, the left-liberal daily The Independent advises: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

With civil war comes the threat of a Cold War

The danger of a civil war in Ukraine is greater than ever, and could reopen the old antagonisms of the Cold War, the conservative daily El Mundo warns: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Ukraine needs above all money from EU

After the election of a new government in Kiev the EU wants to resume the negotiations for an association agreement. But first it must reciprocate the Ukrainians' trust, the state-owned liberal daily Wiener Zeitung admonishes: » more

Le Télégramme - France | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Putin will defend his influence

Putin will regain control over the weakened Ukraine as soon as the revolutionary fervour peters out, the regional paper Le Télégramme fears: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Protest potential in Russia too

Russian police arrested over a hundred people demonstrating in front of a court in Moscow where eight opposition members were on trial on Monday. This shows that protests like those in Ukraine could also break out in Russia, the liberal Tagesspiegel warns: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

New Kiev leadership foments separatism

The Ukrainian parliament on Sunday repealed the language law of 2012, which guarantees the Russian minority the right to use their language in public life. The liberal daily Sme fears that this step will have dire consequences: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Finnish model best for all parties

Zbigniew Brzeziński, adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter, proposes a "Finnish model" as a solution to the conflict in Ukraine. In an opinion piece for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza he writes: » more

Avgi - Greece | Sunday, 23. February 2014

For Giannis Kiboropoulos Ukraine symbolises Europe's division

The EU's policies will futher divide Europe, columnist Giannis Kibouropoulos comments in the left-leaning daily Avgi on the events in Ukraine: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 24. February 2014

Tymoshenko needs EU's help

If anyone is in a position to stabilise the situation in Ukraine it's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

Contributors - Romania | Monday, 24. February 2014

Russia will protect its influence by force

Moscow will seek to defend its influence in Ukraine with weapons if need be, political scientist Valentin Naumescu writes in the blog portal » more

Offnews - Bulgaria | Saturday, 22. February 2014

Bulgarian media spread Russian propaganda

The Bulgarian state radio station Horizont 's reporting on the upheaval in Ukraine is embarrassingly similar to the propaganda of Russian state media, political scientist Evgenii Dainov criticises in the news portal Offnews: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 23. February 2014

Division of the country a real danger

Ukrainian unity is in danger, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes, warning that neither camp should be excluded from political developments: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 24. February 2014

Maidan fighters die for Europe

The people of Ukraine have defended Europe in the clashes of recent weeks, the liberal daily Le Soir writes, calling on the EU to honour their commitment: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 24. February 2014

A victory for European diplomacy

With their successful diplomatic efforts in Ukraine the Europeans have disproved the US with its 'Fuck the EU' dictum, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in delight: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 24. February 2014

Ukrainians don't believe Tymoshenko's tears

After her release from prison Yulia Tymoshenko delivered a speech on Kiev's Independence Square and urged the demonstrators to continue their protests. However the ex-head of government won't play any major role in Ukraine's future, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny predicts: » more


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