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Russia fans fears of war

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is coming to a head: Russia's upper house of parliament has approved troop deployments in Ukraine and armed men have occupied the Crimean parliament and surrounded military bases. How can war in the east of Europe be prevented?

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 18. July 2014

28 reasons against tough sanctions

The European Council tightened sanctions against Russia on Wednesday because Moscow has so far failed to meet the EU's demands regarding Ukraine. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung sees 28 reasons why the threats issued so far have failed to impress Putin: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 3. April 2014

Nato: Russia could invade Ukraine

Nato's top commander Philip Breedlove warned on Wednesday that Russia could take over Ukraine within just three to five days. His statement came after Nato's ... » 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

Main focus of Friday, 14. March 2014

Merkel gives Moscow an ultimatum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened with stiffer EU sanctions if Russia doesn't declare its willingness to start negotiations on the Crimea crisis by Monday. ... » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 14. March 2014

Germany's reserve was right approach

Germany has been right to prefer negotiations to threats in dealing with Russia, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung is convinced: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 14. March 2014

Hold cards close to chest in Crimean poker

The menace of sanctions can only be effective if they are imposed when push comes to shove, Lluís Bassets, deputy chief editor of the left-liberal daily El País, comments on his blog: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Stand firm on joint economic sanctions

Moscow's threats to react with economic reprisals should not stop the EU and the US from imposing sanctions on Russia, the conservative daily The Times believes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 13. March 2014

G7 and EU warn Russia

The G7 states and the EU on Wednesday warned Russia against annexing the Crimea. In a statement they announced further sanctions should Moscow fail to ... » 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

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 13. March 2014

The disaster has its roots in Syria

After his failure in the Syria conflict Obama's threats to Russia are nothing but hot air and Moscow's invasion of Crimea has its origins in the Syrian desert, poet Guido Ceronetti explains in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » 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

Main focus of Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Crimea crisis makes Nato close ranks

The Crimea crisis is casting a shadow over the 15th anniversary of the accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to Nato. The North ... » 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

Adevârul - Romania | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Romania gains international importance

The North Atlantic Council resolved on Monday to send Awacs reconnaissance aircraft to Poland and Romania to observe the situation in Ukraine. A fitting occasion for Romania to awaken from its foreign policy stupor, the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 12. March 2014

Nato and EU inseparable

The confrontation with Russia in the Crimea crisis is highlighting the close ties between Nato and the EU, the left-liberal daily Der Standard observes: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 11. March 2014

EU and US up pressure on Moscow

The EU is considering harsher sanctions against Moscow given that its efforts to mediate in the Crimea crisis have so far failed. Meanwhile the US ... » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

Lying on principle

The effect of Information blackouts is to render international agreements and treaties null and void, Russian Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said. And that's just what the dumbfounded world is now seeing in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine, publicist Paul Lendvai writes in the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

Only a Russian Spring can help Ukraine

The West's threats of sanctions will remain in vain, because the Ukraine crisis can only be solved in Russia, French journalist Jean-Marie Colombani writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

Ukraine not important enough for Slovakia

Slovakia's politicians and media have been conspicuously silent when it comes to criticising Russia. The liberal business paper Hospodárske noviny explains why: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

US double standards on Crimea

In the debate over the Crimea crisis the US can't deny that it has double standards, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten observes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 10. March 2014

For Timothy Garton Ash the Crimean crisis marks the end of tsarist Russia

The crisis in Ukraine is the last stage of the self-decolonisation of Europe, historian Timothy Garton Ash writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » 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

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 9. March 2014

EU's dependence on Russia makes Moscow strong

In phone conversations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron on the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured his two counterparts that he regards the planned referendum on Crimea's secession as legitimate. The EU is unwilling to stand up to Moscow for economic reasons, columnist Wolfgang Münchau writes in the conservative daily the Financial Times: » more

Expressen - Sweden | Sunday, 9. March 2014

Sweden has no alternative to Nato

The crisis in Ukraine has focused attention in non-aligned Sweden on the question of its own defence abilities. However Nato accession for the country, whose armed forces have concentrated mainly on peace-keeping efforts in recent times, is still not at the top of the agenda. According to the tabloid Aftonbladet, this is a mistake: » more

Main focus of Friday, 7. March 2014

Crimean parliament votes to join Russia

The Crimean parliament voted on Thursday for the annexation of the territory by Russia. The citizens of the peninsula are now to take part in ... » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 7. March 2014

Annexation of Crimea was long planned

Russia's annexation of the Crimea was long in planning, comments the left-leaning daily taz, describing the parliamentary decisions as a well-calculated performance: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 7. March 2014

Russia breaks a taboo

Moscow's enthusiastic response to the Crimean parliament's decision to reposition the peninsula as part of Russia shows that Russia is going to extremes, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 7. March 2014

Putin exonerating himself with referendum

Putin deserves a medal for inventiveness, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments ironically, describing the announced referendum as a clever move by the Russian president: » more

The Washington Post - U.S. | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Global perspectives: Henry Kissinger calls for Russian-US dialogue

The Crimea crisis highlights the differences between Russia's and the US's world views, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger writes in the liberal daily The Washington Post, calling on both sides to soften their stances to resolve the conflict: » 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

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Thursday, 6. March 2014

Nato must now show its strength

When the EU leaders meet in Brussels today to discuss sanctions against Russia they shouldn't baulk at the idea of making really threatening gestures, the liberal daily Hospodářské noviny argues: » 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

Finanz und Wirtschaft - Switzerland | Thursday, 6. March 2014

Use shale gas to get the better of Russia

The difficulties in defusing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine show how risky Europe's dependence on Russian gas is, the weekly paper Finanz und Wirtschaft ... » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 6. March 2014

Stop business as usual with Russia

Europe must make it clear to Russia that acts of aggression like the invasion of Ukraine will have repercussions, political analyst José Ignacio Torreblanca admonishes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » 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

The New Yorker - U.S. | Saturday, 1. March 2014

Global perspectives: Ukraine has no time for war

Russia's military threats are exacerbating the enormous problems the Ukrainians already face, making it almost impossible to solve them, US journalist David Remnick writes on the website of the left-liberal weekly magazine The New Yorker: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Another centre of conflict close to Turkey

Russian warships sailed across the Bosporus yesterday, heading for the Crimea. The conflict there could also have massive repercussions for Turkey, the liberal daily Radikal warns: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Poland soon won't need gas from Russia

Poland wants to spend a total of 2.7 billion euros between 2011 and 2018 on projects aimed at reducing its dependence on energy from Russia. The crisis in Ukraine shows that these plans are urgently needed, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita comments, confident of their success: » more

Simerini - Cyprus | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

West selective in punishment of invasions

Prompted by Russia's actions on the Crimean Peninsula the EU has convened a crisis summit for Thursday and is considering sanctions against Moscow. The US has already suspended its military cooperation with Russia. The conservative daily Simerini compares the West's reaction to the Crimea crisis with its response to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and voices its dismay: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Crimea the stakes in a poker game

Putin takes the approach of a poker player and counts on the EU's disunity to help him win the game, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments regarding the Russian president's statements on Crimea: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

In Putin's world the enemy is everywhere

Russian President Vladimir Putin came across as self-assured during his press conference on the Crimea crisis, but his words reveal a distorted picture of the world, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant comments: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

No need to discuss boycotting Paralympics

The Ukrainian team wants to stay away from the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, which kick off on Friday. But people are wrong to urge all the teams to boycott the Paralympics because of the Crimea crisis, the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk writes: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

Pressure on Putin is having an effect

Vladimir Putin is feeling the pressure, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes in view of the Russian president's statements on Tuesday: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

Mary Dejevsky on Russia's point of view

The Russian perspective on the conflict with Ukraine is fundamentally different from that of the West, Russia observer Mary Dejevsky writes in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Putin wants a new Cold War

Anyone who portrays the current conflict over Ukraine as a new version of the Cold War is doing Putin a favour, political scientist Bruno Tertrais warns in the left-liberal daily Le Monde with an eye to Putin's jockeying for supremacy: » more


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