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Russia inspires fear among its neighbours

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea, the Baltic states worry that similar scenarios could play out in their predominantly Russian-speaking regions. In Poland, fears of a war dominate the headlines. Must Europe view Moscow as a threat?

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Thursday, 6. August 2015

Estonians feel abandoned by Nato

Nato plans to withdraw in the autumn half of the planes it has patrolling the Baltic region, according to media reports from last week. The Estonian government has reportedly known about the plans since May. The tabloid Õhtuleht is annoyed that the public wasn't informed: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Tuesday, 7. April 2015

Armed Lithuanians rather than weak-willed wimps

Lithuania's State Defence Council decided on Friday to increase the country's armed defence capacities and strengthen its armed forces to counter potential threats from Russia. The liberal daily Lietuvos rytas approves of the measures: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Tuesday, 17. February 2015

Latvia's military armed against Russia

In view of the Ukraine crisis, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs simulated a scenario in which Russia annexed eastern Latvia. Unfortunately the researchers seem to have completely forgotten that Latvia also has an army, the national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā criticises: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, 6. October 2014

Fear of Putin binds Latvians

The Latvians were guided less by domestic or economic concerns than by their fear of Russia in the election, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes: » more

Etelä-Suomen-Sanomat - Finland | Friday, 19. September 2014

Helsinki is tough on Moscow after all

Finland's Greens have withdrawn from the government after the latter decided to stick to the Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima's controversial plans for a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki. The outgoing Green environmental minister Ville Niinistö had criticised Russia's strong influence on the project. This is nonsense, the liberal daily Etelä-Suomen Sanomat counters: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 19. September 2014

Putin's empty threats against Nato

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly said in a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Russian troops would be able to take Warsaw, Riga or Vilnius within two weeks. Poroshenko informed European Commission President José Manuel Barroso of this last week. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung believes Putin is just trying to conceal his weaknesses with this threat: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Sunday, 7. September 2014

Russia threatens Nato member Estonia

The Estonian counter-intelligence officer Eston Kohver was abducted by Russian kidnappers and taken to Moscow on Friday while on assignment near the Russian border, according to authorities in Tallinn. For their part the Russian authorities claim the arrest was an act of counter-espionage on Russian soil. The tabloid Õhtuleht believes it's no coincidence that the kidnapping took place at the same time as the Nato summit: » more

Deutsche Welle - Romania | Monday, 8. September 2014

Deployment force calms Eastern Europe

Nato agreed at its summit on Thursday and Friday to set up a rapid deployment force. In view of Russia's aggressive policies in the Ukraine crisis, the summit gives Nato's eastern members a much-needed sense of security, the Romanian service of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle writes: » more

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Thursday, 4. September 2014

Saulius Spurga on the reasons for Russia's aggression

Russia couldn't continue on its path of economic progress and modernisation, political scientist Saulius Spurga writes in the conservative daily Lietuvis žinios, arguing that this is why Moscow has become so aggressive since the start of the Ukraine crisis: » more

Delfi - Lithuania | Wednesday, 3. September 2014

More Nato troops for Eastern Europe

In view of Russia's aggression Eastern Europe urgently needs permanent Nato bases, political scientists Laurynas Kasčiūnas and Linas Kojala demand on web portal Delfi: » more

Contributors - Romania | Thursday, 21. August 2014

Stronger Nato presence in Eastern Europe

In view of the Ukraine crisis, an action plan for stepping up security in member countries is to be worked out at the Nato summit taking place in Wales on September 4 and 5. Political scientist Valentin Naumescu voices hopes in the blog portal Contributors that a permanent Nato base will be set up in Southeast Europe: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 19. August 2014

The Baltic is not Moscow's backyard

Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma called for permanent Nato presence in the Baltic during the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Riga on Monday. Merkel once again rejected the idea of deploying troops, a move the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung applauds: » more

Star - Turkey | Monday, 4. August 2014

Russia targeting Nagorno-Karabakh

Recent skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh have resulted in numerous casualties. A ceasefire has been in effect in the Caucasian enclave since 1994, but Russia may soon intervene and spark a new conflict, the pro-government daily Star warns: » more

Contributors - Romania | Wednesday, 9. July 2014

Ukraine crisis: Putin's tactical retreat

After the military successes against the separatists in the east of the country, the Ukrainian government has called on the rebels to surrender. There will be no negotiations until the rebels lay down their arms, Defence Minister Valerey Geletey said on Tuesday. The fact that the separatists apparently no longer receive any support from Russia is a clever PR coup on the part of Vladimir Putin, political scientist Valentin Naumescu writes in the blog portal Contributors: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Friday, 27. June 2014

Association must mean protection from Russia

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will sign association agreements with the EU today. That also puts the onus on the EU to stand up more firmly to Russia, the conservative daily Die Welt stresses: » more

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

Russian minorities are not enemies

After Russia's occupation of Crimea fears are being voiced in the Baltic countries that such a scenario could be repeated in these states with the participation of the Russian minorities living there. Political scientist Kęstutis Girnius sees such fears as exaggerated in the conservative daily Lietuvos žinios: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Lithuania must allow Russian Culture Day

A lively discussion preceded the annual Russian Culture Day in Lithuania last Sunday because many felt the event should be banned because of the Ukraine crisis. The liberal daily Lietuvos rytas finds banning a cultural festival counter-productive: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Monday, 26. May 2014

Lithuania needs draft to defend against Russia

The crisis in Ukraine has fanned fears of Russia among Lithuanians. Former army officer Giedrimas Jeglinskas calls on the web portal for an increase in the defence budget and the reintroduction of compulsory military service: » more

Gândul - Romania | Thursday, 22. May 2014

Nato can be proud of Romania

US Vice President Joe Biden visited Romania on Tuesday and Wednesday, and announced that the Nato partner enjoys the full protection of the alliance. Romania borders on conflict-ridden Ukraine, which heightens its importance for Nato, the online daily Gândul comments: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 20. May 2014

Ukraine crisis divides Visegrád countries

On several occasions over the last few days the highest representatives of the four Visegrád states Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have revealed their complete lack of agreement as regards the crisis in Ukraine, the liberal daily Sme complains, and sees the end of the alliance approaching: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 24. April 2014

Russia and US sharpen their tone

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov threatened with military intervention should the "interests of Russians" be hurt in Ukraine. The US is in the process of ... » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 24. April 2014

Putin breathes new life into Nato

150 US soldiers arrived at a military base near the western Polish city of Szczecin on Wednesday. Russia has reactivated Nato, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes in thanks: » more

Delfi - Lithuania | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Russian Spring may soon spread to the Baltics

Russian acts of aggression like those taking place in eastern Ukraine could soon menace the Baltic states, journalist Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius fears in the online portal Delfi: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 24. April 2014

Moscow co-determines Eastern Partnership

The foreign ministers of Germany and France,  Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius, announced on Monday in the Republic of Moldova that they will sign an association agreement with the country as early as this summer. But the strategy of using such agreements to bind countries like Moldova, Georgia or Ukraine to the EU has not panned out, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Sweden must be able to defend itself again

The leaders of Sweden's conservative four-party government on Tuesday presented a joint proposal for upgrading the Swedish military, which has been hard hit by cuts. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter welcomes the plan, but would like to see even more consistency: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Eastern Ukraine needs prospects, not tanks

The Ukrainian military on Tuesday resumed its operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, which had been suspended over the Easter weekend. But the leadership in Kiev won't win over the eastern Ukrainians with tanks, the left-liberal daily Der Standard warns: » more

lr - Latvia | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

Latvian ice hockey teams up with Putin

Latvia's national ice hockey team played two friendly games against Russia last week in preparation for the Ice Hockey World Championships in Belarus in May. The weekly paper Ir is appalled: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 22. April 2014

Conflict over Geneva peace plan

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday accused Kiev of violating the Geneva agreement on de-escalation in Ukraine. US Vice President Joe Biden wants to ... » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

Europe should not count on US

US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Kiev and the Pentagon's announcement that it will take part in military exercises in Poland and Estonia may give the impression that America is once again playing a stronger role in Europe's defence, but this is far from the case, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny comments: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

The anti-Maidans are easier to influence

The seizure of many administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian forces has provoked much speculation about Russia's role in the conflict. Ukrainian sociologist Volodymir Ishchenko analyses the pro-Russian movement in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 22. April 2014

Prevent mutilation of Ukraine

After renewed violent clashes in eastern Ukraine on the weekend the EU and the US must prevent the further destabilisation of the country, the left-liberal ... » more

Main focus of Thursday, 17. April 2014

Nato boosts its presence in Eastern Europe

Nato on Wednesday announced plans to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile the foreign ministers of Russia, the US and Ukraine are meeting ... » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 17. April 2014

Chaos will continue even after Geneva

Not much can be expected of today's talks on the Ukraine crisis in Geneva, the liberal daily De Standaard suspects: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Thursday, 17. April 2014

CIA and KGB playing evil games in Ukraine

CIA chief John Brennan paid a secret visit to Ukraine on the weekend. For the conservative daily Večernji List this is a sign that the country has become a plaything for the Americans and Russia, and in this game there is a clear loser: » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Thursday, 17. April 2014

Slavoj Žižek on what Ukraine can teach Europe

The confrontation over Ukraine holds up a mirror to Europe, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek comments in the left-liberal online newspaper El Huffington Post: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 17. April 2014

Nato must make a stand

Nato announced plans to boost its presence in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday. This is the least it must do before the talks in Geneva, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 16. April 2014

Use carrot and stick approach with Putin

Only by adopting a double strategy vis-à-vis Moscow can the West help de-escalate the Ukraine crisis, political analyst Borja Guijarro Usobiaga writes in the London School of Economics' EUROPP blog: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 16. April 2014

Kiev deploys military against separatists

The Ukrainian army on Tuesday commenced its announced offensive against separatists in the east of the country. The Russian leadership responded by warning of a ... » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 16. April 2014

Lavrov lying to the world

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned on Tuesday of a breakdown of the talks in Geneva if the Ukrainian government uses violence against the separatists in the east of the country. He is speaking with a forked tongue, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 16. April 2014

West must get tougher in Geneva

The foreign ministers of Russia, the US and Ukraine as well as the EU foreign policy chief will meet in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the Ukraine crisis. The West must make it clear that a limit has now been overstepped, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat demands: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 16. April 2014

Putin benefits from chaos in eastern Ukraine

The more tense the situation becomes in eastern Ukraine, the more this plays into Moscow's hands, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

What the Kremlin really wants

The Kremlin is trying to help enforce the rights of the Russian-language minority in eastern Ukraine, Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, writes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 15. April 2014

Ukraine ponders referendum

To defuse the tensions in eastern Ukraine, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday proposed a referendum on the federalisation of the country. At the same ... » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

Kiev helpless and out of its depth

Kiev's offer of a referendum will hardly change the chaotic situation in Ukraine for which the current leadership is also partly to blame, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

Federalisation only if violence is renounced

Federalisation can only prevent the division of Ukraine if both sides renounce the use of violence, the conservative daily Milliyet believes: » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

Community of states lets Putin do what he wants

The EU announced on Monday that it would step up sanctions on Russia to a small degree. An embarrassing resolution, the left-liberal daily Libération criticises: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

Separatists not interested in referendum

Turchynov's proposal to hold a nationwide referendum on the federalisation of Ukraine is not likely to meet with the approval of many separatists in the east of the country, the left-leaning daily taz believes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 15. April 2014

UN peacekeepers would be big help in Ukraine

Peacekeeping troops in Ukraine could be a key component of the urgently needed help from abroad, the state-owned liberal Wiener Zeitung believes: » more

Main focus of Monday, 14. April 2014

Kiev takes action against separatists

Pro-Russian separatists occupied police and administration buildings in several Eastern Ukrainian cities on the weekend. The government in Kiev reacted by launching an anti-terror operation ... » more

Público - Portugal | Monday, 14. April 2014

Ukraine on the brink of civil war

The deployment of Ukrainian security forces against pro-Russian activists in Eastern Ukraine could plunge the country into a civil war, the liberal daily Público warns: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 14. April 2014

Government pours oil on the fire

The Ukrainian government's anti-terrorist operation against the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine will only fatally aggravate the situation, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica criticises: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Monday, 14. April 2014

Heinrich August Winkler on Putin's defenders in the West

The historian Heinrich August Winkler examines in the news magazine Der Spiegel what inspires people in the West to defend Russia's actions in Ukraine: » more

Journal 21 - Switzerland | Sunday, 13. April 2014

Recognise Russia as a major power

The West has paved the way for Russia's actions in Ukraine by misjudging it, the web magazine Journal 21 comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 14. April 2014

Russia behind the violence

After the most recent events in Eastern Ukraine no one can seriously claim that Russia isn't behind the developments, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 13. April 2014

West must encourage moderate centrists

The majority of Ukrainians do not feel represented either by the nationalists in the Western Ukraine or by the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 11. April 2014

Suspending Russia only helps hardliners

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe suspended Russia's voting rights on Thursday. The decision comes in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea and ... » more

Main focus of Thursday, 10. April 2014

Kiev threatens separatists in the east

Ukraine's Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that if necessary it will react with brute force to the protests of pro-Russian activists in the east of ... » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 10. April 2014

A pack of amateurs rules in Kiev

In the Ukraine crisis it's tempting to cast Vladimir in the role of the eternal villain but the political elites in Ukraine must also be subject to a critical eye, the liberal daily Jyllands-Posten writes: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Thursday, 10. April 2014

Even Lukashenko is afraid of Moscow

The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko invited his new Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksandr Turchynov, for unofficial talks last week. Although the Belarusian dictator is considered a devoted follower of Russia the meeting comes as no surprise, the news magazine Newsweek Polska comments: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 10. April 2014

Everyone must show a will to compromise

The international community will quite rightly resume negotiations with Putin and it would be good if this time round it finally knew what Putin wants, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Monday, 7. April 2014

A nightmare come true

In Ukraine's east the worst fears are becoming reality, the web portal writes, appalled: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 8. April 2014

A cold war better than a hot one

Commenting on the efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, author Ian Buruma writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica that a new cold war would be preferable to an escalation of the conflict: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Tuesday, 8. April 2014

Moscow stages crude spectacle

The demonstrations in Eastern Ukraine are a sham because they're being orchestrated by Moscow, Jacek Dziedzina writes in the national-religious daily Gość Niedzielny: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, 8. April 2014

Kiev must offer more autonomy

Even if the events in Eastern Ukraine seem like a déjà-vu experience to many, the situation there is different from that in Crimea in some key respects, the left-leaning daily taz writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 7. April 2014

Russia will pay price of gas dispute

Last week Russia retroactively ended all discounts it had given Ukraine on the price of gas, and is now calling for 8.3 billion euros in additional payments. This move could backfire on Moscow, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Thursday, 3. April 2014

Consideration for Russia futile

Stronger Nato presence in the Baltic will be a provocation to Russia, but it makes sense, the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht believes: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 3. April 2014

German troops may be deployed in Poland

Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the national-conservative PiS, the main opposition party in Poland, rejected on Wednesday the possibility of German soldiers being stationed in Poland along with other NATO troops, pointing to Germany's dubious past. This is a sign of political immaturity, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza finds: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 3. April 2014

Europe must be independent on military policy

The Crimea crisis prompts columnist Per Nyholm to call in the liberal business daily Jyllands-Posten for Europe's military and political independence: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Russia's troop withdrawal just another ploy

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he plans to withdraw some of his troops from Ukraine's eastern border. This can only be a change of tactic rather than a sign that he is easing his stance, comments the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Sunday, 30. March 2014

Erich Follath believes EU is the winner of the Crimea crisis

The Crimea crisis shows that in today's multi-polar world, empires based on coercion belong to a bygone era and the model of the European Union will triumph, journalist Ernst Follath writes in the news magazine Der Spiegel: » more

Kauppalehti - Finland | Monday, 31. March 2014

Europe dependent on Russian gas for now

During his visit to Europe, US President Barack Obama pushed US liquefied gas as an alternative to energy supplies from Russia. But Europe's dependency on Russian gas can't be reduced in the short term, the business paper Kauppalehti writes: » more

Diena - Latvia | Saturday, 29. March 2014

Putin has no business in Latvia

Speaking on the private television station LNT, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has repeated an invitation to Vladimir Putin issued by his predecessor in 2010. Andris Sprūdžs, director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, rejects the idea in the daily Diena: » more

Gazeta Polska Codziennie - Poland | Friday, 28. March 2014

Crimea crisis leaves Russia facing bankruptcy

The Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw estimates that 35 billion dollars in capital have already been taken out of Russia in the first two months of the year. Before the crisis in Crimea experts had predicted just 25 billion dollars for the whole of 2014. This will be Russia's downfall, the national-conservative tabloid Polska Codziennia predicts: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Friday, 28. March 2014

Joschka Fischer calls for a revival of the EU peace project

The Crimea crisis can help invigorate the EU, former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer writes in the liberal daily Le Temps: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 27. March 2014

Obama seeks unity with Europe

Against the backdrop of the Crimea crisis, US President Barack Obama invoked the common values of Europe and the US in a speech in Brussels. ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 27. March 2014

Not only Russia acts on geostrategic interests

In his speech in Brussels Obama once again rejected all comparisons between the situation in Crimea and the case of Kosovo, and condemned Putin's aggression. That was hypocritical, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias finds: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, 27. March 2014

The harmony won't last long

The demonstrative unity between the EU and the US won't last for long, the conservative daily Večer suspects: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 27. March 2014

Europeans let themselves be lulled by Obama

Barack Obama spoke out in favour of the free trade agreement between the US and the EU in Brussels, saying that it would simplify deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the US. The Europeans love to be lulled by such promises, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 26. March 2014

Obama's EU visit dominated by Crimea crisis

Before his meeting with EU leaders today, Wednesday, US President Barack Obama played down Russia's geopolitical importance and called Moscow a "regional power". Some commentators ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 25. March 2014

Don't punish the Russians for Putin's policies

Sanctions are definitely called for, but Europe and the US should do more to show the Russians that they are aimed solely at Putin and his power apparatus, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 25. March 2014

Isolation is no long-term solution

In the long term the West will have to seek responses other than isolation to Russia's neo-imperialism, the liberal daily La Stampa warns: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 20. March 2014

Impose sanctions against Putin's oligarchs

Rigorous sanctions must be imposed against those close to Putin, the news website urges: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Friday, 21. March 2014

Europe must show strength

Europe's stance vis-à-vis Moscow is too lax, the conservative daily România Liberă finds, and warns the countries of the EU to set aside their national interests for the time being: » more

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Putin at the height of his popularity

Russian President Vladimir Putin has erected a lasting monument to himself with the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the daily Magyar Hírlap believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Kiev must woo Russians in East Ukraine

The Ukrainian head of government Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced in a televised speech in Russian on Tuesday his intention of granting the areas in East Ukraine far-reaching autonomy. This is precisely the kind of step that is now necessary to preserve the country's unity, historian Timothy Garton Ash comments in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Heading for a collision

With the annexation of Crimea Putin has manoeuvred himself and the West into a hopeless and dangerous situation for both sides, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera observes: » more

Ziare - Romania | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Protect Moldova from Russia with a cool head

Following in Crimea's footsteps, the Republic of Moldova's secessionist region of Transnistria is now asking to join Russia. The Transnistrian parliamentary speaker Michail Burla sent a request to this effect to the Russian Duma on Tuesday. Moldova's neighbour Romania should now keep a cool head, the journalist Ioana Ene Dogioiu writes in the news portal Ziare: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Europe's politicians lack courage

The West is once again fighting a losing battle and is unable to impose effective sanctions against Russia because business comes first, the liberal daily Sme complains: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Europe must keep a cool head

The sanctions against Russia have remained moderate so far, and that's exactly the right strategy on the part of the EU, the left-liberal daily De Morgen believes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Moscow also fuelling tensions elsewhere

Russia will continue to sow discord in Ukraine and other East European countries, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad fears: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 17. March 2014

Stop Russia's expansion

Europe must finally stop Russia, the conservative daily ABC demands: » more

Ouest France - France | Sunday, 16. March 2014

Moscow breaks all its promises

Russia is running roughshod over Ukraine's right to self-determination, the regional paper Ouest France complains: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 17. March 2014

If only the West would listen

The West must adopt a clever strategy to prevent the tensions between Russia and Ukraine from escalating even further, the left-liberal daily Delo demands: » more

Blog Ivo Indjev - Bulgaria | Monday, 17. March 2014

Celebration over Anschluss a déjà vu

Blogger Ivo Indyev compares the referendum in Crimea with Austria's "Anschluss" and the integration of the Sudetenland into the Third Reich: » more

Tvnet - Latvia | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Latvians fall for Kremlin's propaganda

One in three inhabitants of Latvia agrees with Russia's occupation of Crimea, according to a survey by the polling institute GfK. The Internet portal Tvnet can understand the Latvians' dismay at these statistics, but has an explanation on hand: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Merkel must lead Europe against Putin

The power struggle over Crimea has already been decided, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph writes, but now Western Europe must unite under German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent Russia from bringing more of Ukraine under its control: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Poland must stay calm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed during her visit to Warsaw on Wednesday that Germany guarantees Poland's security under the Nato pact. Jaroslaw Kaczynski's talk of imminent war may be understandable in view of the country's history, but it is entirely inappropriate, the state radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Good that Poland belongs to alliance

Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary became Nato members 15 years ago today. For Poland Nato membership is a godsend, as the situation in Ukraine shows only too clearly, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Nato protection better than missile defence

In view of the events in Crimea, the US Republican senator John McCain has recommended that the missile defence project initiated under Bush and stopped by Obama be restarted in Poland and the Czech Republic. The business daily Hospodářské noviny doesn't see the point: » more

Dnevnik - Bulgaria | Sunday, 9. March 2014

Putin just bluffing

Russian President Vladimir Putin's demonstration of power in Crimea is just a bluff, the daily Dnevnik writes: » more


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