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Will Crimea become Russian?

The predominantly Russian-speaking population of Crimea voted overwhelmingly in favour of the peninsula joining Russia. Is the referendum an expression of the people's will or a ruse to legitimise Putin's aspirations for power?

Main focus of Tuesday, 25. March 2014

Industrial nations exclude Russia from G8

The seven leading industrial nations put G8 cooperation on ice on Monday and suspended Russia from the group over its annexation of Crimea. The G8 ... » more

Main focus of Friday, 21. March 2014

EU extends sanctions against Moscow

In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, the EU has imposed entry bans and frozen the bank accounts of further individuals. The US has also ... » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 21. March 2014

Focus on supporting Kiev

Rather than concentrating solely on Crimea, Europe should above all support the rest of Ukraine, former EU high representative for foreign policy Javier Solana writes in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Friday, 21. March 2014

Merkel adopts her new leadership role role

Germany is increasingly determining Europe's course of action on the Crimea crisis and no longer shrinks from its international responsibility, the left-leaning daily Pravda observes: » 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

The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, 20. March 2014

Crimea has the right to be Russian

The West should stop threatening Moscow and accept that the broad majority of Crimeans really want to join Russia, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times demands: » 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

Main focus of Thursday, 20. March 2014

EU seeks strategy on Moscow

The Crimean crisis is the main theme at the EU summit in Brussels. The EU leaders will begin discussing further sanctions against Russia today, Thursday, ... » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 20. March 2014

The eternal dependence on Russian energy

The leaders of the EU shouldn't just talk about sanctions against Russia; above all they should focus on how to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy, the liberal daily Público urges: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 20. March 2014

Sanctions would push Russia toward China

A trade embargo could dramatically raise China's influence in Russia, the liberal weekly Die Zeit warns, and advocates different sanctions: » 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

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Kiev is more important than the Kremlin

Russia's aggressions have brought the diverse political parties in Kiev to join forces for now, but that could quickly change, Susanne Scholl warns in the Christian conservative Salzburger Nachrichten, and urges the West to support the leadership in Kiev: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Russia's annexation of Crimea completed

Disregarding all the protests, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Crimean leadership signed an agreement making Crimea part of the Russian Federation on Tuesday. Now ... » 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

Právo - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Putin relies on brute force

After Putin's speech to the Duma and the annexation of Crimea no one can have any doubts about what the Russian leader is after, the ... » 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

Die Presse - Austria | Wednesday, 19. March 2014

Putin must be met on his level

Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the annexation of Crimea in his speech to the nation, citing the people's right to self-determination and the precedent of Kosovo. The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse challenges his view: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Sanctions after Crimea referendum

In reaction to the referendum in Crimea, the EU and the US on Monday announced visa bans for high-ranking Russians and Ukrainians, as well as ... » more

Il Fatto Quotidiano - Italy | Monday, 17. March 2014

Ukraine needs a reprieve

The tug of war over Ukraine is counterproductive, and Russia as well as the West should give the country time to calm down and take stock of the situation, the left-leaning daily Il Fatto Quotidiano comments: » 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

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 17. March 2014

Crimea will be left isolated

Those in favour of Crimea joining Russia won't be nearly so delighted when the peninsula stagnates as a result of international isolation, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more

Main focus of Monday, 17. March 2014

Crimea votes to join Russia

In the controversial referendum in Crimea, the population voted overwhelmingly in favour of the peninsula joining Russia. While the regional government and Moscow press ahead ... » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 17. March 2014

Stop Russia's expansion

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

Radikal - Turkey | Monday, 17. March 2014

Crimean Tatars caught in the crossfire

The Crimean Tatars for the most part boycotted the referendum on Sunday. They may emerge as the big losers of the referendum, the liberal daily Radikal warns: » 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

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 16. March 2014

Russia has lost Ukraine for good

Russia may have won Crimea, but it has permanently estranged itself from Ukraine and the majority of Ukrainians, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes: » 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 - Croatia | Friday, 14. March 2014

Teofil Pančić on the return of ideological bogeymen

The ideological bogeymen of the last century are being revived again in the Ukraine conflict, Serb columnist Teofil Pančić writes on the left-liberal web portal, feeling reminded of the Yugoslav War of 1991, in which lines were drawn between bloodthirsty communists on the one side and murderous fascists on the other: » 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 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

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Global community uses double standard

The G7 stressed on Wednesday that the planned referendum in Crimea on joining Russia violated international law. The liberal daily Phileleftheros believes that the international community has already legitimised the redrawing of borders with its recognition of Kosovo: » 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

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

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

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

Standart - Bulgaria | Friday, 7. March 2014

Threat of a security vacuum on the Black Sea

Separating the Crimea from Ukraine would destabilise the entire Black Sea region, the daily Standart warns: » 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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