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Airliner downed in eastern Ukraine

298 people were killed when a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down over the disputed region of eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian and US authorities have blamed pro-Russian separatists for the attack and put the onus on Moscow to end the violence. Is the tide turning in the Ukraine conflict?

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Lying Moscow deserves more sanctions

According to a report by the citizen journalist website Bellingcat, the Russian government faked satellite images of the MH17 plane crash over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. As long as the Russian leadership continues to systematically spread lies about the conflict in eastern Ukraine there is no reason to ease the pressure on Moscow, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Friday, 24. April 2015

Disrespectful treatment of MH17 victims

A Dutch pathologist working with the team identifying the victims of flight MH17 was fired on Thursday after showing photographs of the dead at a public lecture. That doesn't go far enough, the centre-right daily De Telegraaf writes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Saturday, 1. November 2014

Too much commemoration of MH17 victims

The Netherlands will commemorate the 298 victims of flight MH17 next Monday, November 10. But not enough is being done to find the culprits and causes behind the July 17 tragedy, columnist Bas Heijne writes in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

Dutch running out of steam on MH17 crash

The German intelligence service apparently provided members of Germany's Bundestag with proof that flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, according to a report by the German news portal Spiegel Online. By contrast the Dutch media are silent on the issue, the conservative daily De Telegraaf criticises: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 10. September 2014

MH17: The Netherlands presents its report

A Dutch commission on Tuesday presented its preliminary report on the crash of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. While refraining from naming a definite cause, ... » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

Only a confession would be conclusive proof

The preliminary report on the plane crash leaves the question of who caused it unanswered, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes complains: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

Report leaves no doubt about plane's downing

The preliminary report makes no mention of missiles but it leaves no doubts about the cause of the crash, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino comments: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

Peace more likely than truth coming to light

Although the preliminary report gives many indications of what happened on the day of the plane crash it will be virtually impossible to clarify the real cause, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

A report from between the fronts

In view of the many questions that the Dutch investigators' document leaves unanswered the term "preliminary report" takes on a whole new meaning, the liberal-conservative daily Der Tagespiegel comments: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 5. August 2014

Why Southeast Europe is hesitant on sanctions

The German government is trying to convince non-EU states to also join in with the sanctions against Russia. The liberal business daily Handelsblatt can understand why Southeast Europe is reluctant to pick a fight with Putin: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 4. August 2014

Appeasement won't stop Putin

In its dealings with Moscow the West should remember Germany's behaviour before World War II broke out, journalist Jiří Pehe writes in the left-leaning daily Právo: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Monday, 4. August 2014

Poles' healthy opposition to Putin

Journalists, politicians, celebrities and citizens are using Twitter to appeal to people to eat more apples grown in Poland in the face of the Russian fruit embargo. This protest action is reviving old resistance traditions and is healthy to boot, the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online comments: » more

Dienas Bizness - Latvia | Sunday, 3. August 2014

Sanctions against Russia bad for Latvia

The EU sanctions against Russia and Russia's counter-sanctions will mean heavy losses for Latvia's export trade, the business daily Dienas bizness estimates, and hopes that Latvia's politicians will push for exceptions to the sanctions: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 31. July 2014

Russia answers sanctions

Moscow threatened on Tuesday to increase energy prices in answer to the EU's economic sanctions, and imposed an import ban on Polish fruit and vegetables. ... » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 31. July 2014

EU finally adopts a joint approach

The sanctions could do much to further the European unification process, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit hopes: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 31. July 2014

West has more threats than it thinks

Economic sanctions alone won't help against Russian aggression, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments, calling for a tougher approach in the form of a containment policy: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Thursday, 31. July 2014

MH17: path to crash site leads through Moscow

Almost two weeks after the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, fighting continues to make the crash site inaccessible. An unbearable situation for the victims' families, the conservative daily De Telegraaf complains: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 30. July 2014

Merkel's negotiating tactic was called for

Angela Merkel was right to delay the enactment of tougher sanctions against Russia, the conservative daily The Financial Times comments, rejecting the criticism of the German chancellor's approach: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Thursday, 31. July 2014

Fruit embargo is a boomerang

The West will retain the upper hand in the end despite Russian counter-sanctions, Newsweek Polska magazine predicts: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 30. July 2014

EU imposes strict sanctions on Russia

The 28 EU ambassadors on Tuesday agreed on a package of economic sanctions against Moscow. The measures will target key sectors like banking, defence and ... » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 30. July 2014

West fears Putin's fall

In the long term tough economic sanctions could have dramatic consequences both in Russian and beyond its borders, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas warns: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 30. July 2014

Sanctions didn't work in North Korea

For the first time in the Russia-Ukraine conflict the sanctions against Moscow are painful for both sides, the conservative daily Lidové noviny notes, but doubts they will have a significant impact on Putin: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 30. July 2014

Punitive measures a necessary evil

The sanctions are the right answer to Russia's aggression, the liberal daily Jutarnji List writes, and calls on the Croatians to bear any retaliatory measures stoically: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 30. July 2014

The price of Russian aggression

Putin is finally being shown the price to be paid for his aggressive behaviour, the left-liberal daily Libération writes in praise of the EU ambassadors' decision: » more

Karjalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 29. July 2014

Only Russia can end Ukraine crisis

Following the crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, hopes have repeatedly been voiced that the disaster could pave the way for peace. The liberal daily Karjalainen does not share this optimism: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Monday, 28. July 2014

Bitter power struggle over MH17 crash site

Owing to the fighting in eastern Ukraine the Netherlands decided on Sunday evening against sending an armed protection force to the crash site of flight MH17. A wise decision, the conservative daily De Telegraaf writes: » more

Reflexió - Hungary | Friday, 25. July 2014

EU can't get tough on Russia

Little can be expected of the EU as regards resolving the crisis in Ukraine because it is led by toothless tigers, journalist Gergely Szilvay maintains in the opinion portal Reflexió: » more

Vesti - Latvia | Thursday, 24. July 2014

Cultural sanctions a good compromise

Denying entry to three Russian pop stars and preventing them from playing at the New Wave music festival in Jūrmala was a clever move on the part of Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Russian-language daily Vesti believes: » more

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

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Thursday, 24. July 2014

Business as usual despite MH17

A week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, the EU has still not managed to formulate a response and is doing business as usual with Russia, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes complains: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Thursday, 24. July 2014

Russia shouldn't host World Cup

Following the alleged shooting down of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, European politicians have raised doubts about Russia hosting the football World Cup in 2018. The Swedish Football Association should also campaign for the tournament to be held elsewhere, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet comments: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Panteilis Boukalas on the inequality of death in Ukraine and Gaza

Public discussion of the casualties in Ukraine and Gaza differs depending on the nationality of the deceased, columnist Pantelis Boukalas comments in the conservative daily Kathimerini: » more

L'Express - France | Monday, 21. July 2014

Fanatics make the whole world unsafe

The world is no longer safe when heavy weapons can fall into the hands of fanatics, publicist Jacques Attali writes in his blog for the weekly magazine L'Express in light of the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 21. July 2014

Arguments against sanctions no longer apply

Now the time has finally come for Europe to impose tougher sanctions against Russia, the conservative daily ABC urges with an eye to the meeting of the EU foreign ministers on Tuesday: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Monday, 21. July 2014

UN troops must establish peace by force

The plane tragedy in eastern Ukraine is forcing all involved parties to come to their senses, news magazine Der Spiegel writes and calls for an ... » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 21. July 2014

Putin takes advantage of Europe's powerlessness

After the shock at the deaths of the 193 Dutch victims, anger is growing in the Netherlands over how their remains are being treated. The pro-Russian rebels are said to have removed the majority of the corpses. Prime Minister Mark Rutte must exert more pressure on Moscow, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant demands: » more

Diena - Latvia | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Pointless entry ban for Russian musicians

One day before the start of the Russian New Wave music festival in the Latvian resort of Jūrmala, Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has refused entry to three musicians who openly supported Russia's annexation of Crimea in recent months. The liberal daily Diena doesn't see the point: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Europe barks but doesn't bite

Europe's tone against Moscow has become harsher but that's not enough, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant argues: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Merkel must impose limits on Russia

Germany should play a pivotal role in the discussion over stepping up sanctions against Russia, the conservative daily The Times believes: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Putin reveals his true concern

At a meeting of the Russian National Security Council on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time of putting pressure on the separatists in eastern Ukraine. But he wants something in exchange, and this reveals his true concern, the Berliner Zeitung comments: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 22. July 2014

Tough stance needed on Putin's terrorist state

Russia is responsible for the plane crash, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita believes, and calls on the EU to show its teeth to President Putin: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 22. July 2014

German firms should leave Russia

Economic sanctions against Russia won't achieve anything unless there's a radical shift in thinking among Germany's business leaders, writes columnist Wolfgang Münchau on news portal Spiegel Online: » more

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 22. July 2014

High time for a ban on weapons exports

The EU must be stricter with Russia, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat writes: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 21. July 2014

Arguments against sanctions no longer apply

Now the time has finally come for Europe to impose tougher sanctions against Russia, the conservative daily ABC urges with an eye to the meeting of the EU foreign ministers on Tuesday: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 21. July 2014

Rebels have nothing to lose

Pro-Russian rebels took control of the site where the Malaysian Airlines plane crashed and impeded the investigating and salvaging operations of independent experts over the weekend. The liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht fears the separatists will allow the situation to escalate: » more


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