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No hope of peace in Ukraine

With the rocket attacks by pro-Russian separatists on the city of Mariupol, the war in Ukraine has spread further. The conflict has claimed more than 5,000 lives so far. Is there any chance that diplomacy can end the fighting?

Main focus of Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Crisis summit in Minsk

Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will meet in Minsk today to discuss a solution to the Ukraine conflict. However the contact group was unable to ... » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Putin will lose out in the end

Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in Minsk Russia will come out the loser, political scientist Jonathan Holslag predicts in the left-leaning daily De Morgen: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 4. February 2015

Gorbachev could bring peace to Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine today for talks. Not weapons deliveries to Kiev but new diplomatic initiatives led by the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev could help find a solution to the problem, the left-liberal daily The Independent is convinced: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 3. February 2015

Without weapons deliveries war will escalate

The arguments of those who continue to speak out against delivering weapons to Ukraine are incomprehensible in the eyes of the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 3. February 2015

Europe fails to recognise risks in Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out the possibility of weapons deliveries to Ukraine. The wrong choice, liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes laments: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Tuesday, 3. February 2015

Don't give Russia a pretext for agression

Weapons deliveries to Ukraine would only be counter-productive to finding a solution to the conflict, the liberal daily Kaleva fears: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 3. February 2015

Weapons more effective than sanctions?

Providing Ukraine with military aid offers the chance to reduce the losses on Kiev's side, the conservative daily Die Presse writes, but questions whether this can end the war: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 29. January 2015

Athens distances itself from EU sanctions

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras distanced himself from the joint declaration of EU heads of state and government on new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. ... » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Thursday, 29. January 2015

Moscow can't save Greece either

Alexis Tsipras is much more open than other European politicians in adopting a pro-Russian stance but sooner or later he will feel the consequences, the daily Dennik N predicts: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 28. January 2015

Athens endangering EU's unity

The new Greek government complained on Tuesday that it wasn't included in the voting process on sanctions against Russia. The new prime minister's strategy is obvious, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 29. January 2015

Tsipras makes Putin big winner of elections

Vladimir Putin should be jubilant over new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's opposition to tougher sanctions for Russia, the conservative daily Lidové noviny observes and speculates on the reasons for Athens' stance: » more

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 29. January 2015

Athens betraying common values

EU accession candidates are subject to close scrutiny and must openly espouse Europe's values. But what to do when a EU member suddenly steps out of line, the liberal daily Helsingen Sanomat asks: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 28. January 2015

EU deliberates further sanctions on Russia

After the attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the EU foreign ministers plan to discuss further economic sanctions against Russia ... » more

15min - Lithuania | Wednesday, 28. January 2015

Show Putin where to draw the line

The EU must crank up the pressure on Russia after the most recent tragedy in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Russian political scientist Andrej Piontkowski urges on the online portal 15min: » more

Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 28. January 2015

Don't hesitate on sanctions against Russia

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann spoke out on Tuesday against extending the economic sanctions against Russia. The daily Kurier disagrees: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 27. January 2015

Only armed Ukraine can force peace

The West should supply Kiev with weapons so that continued intervention becomes so expensive for Moscow that it is forced to agree to a political solution, Ivo Daalder, head of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, urges in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Latvijas Avize - Latvia | Tuesday, 27. January 2015

Europe too slow in tightening sanctions

The EU has reacted far too slowly to last weekend's deadly attack on Mariupol, the national conservative daily Latvijas avīze criticises: » more

Alfa - Lithuania | Tuesday, 27. January 2015

Putin lacks integrity for Auschwitz ceremony

It's entirely appropriate that Russian President Putin will not attend the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp, the portal Alfa writes: » more

Webcafé - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 27. January 2015

Ivaylo Dichev on the undeclared wars of the 21st century

When was the last time one country officially declared war on another? Cultural anthropologist Ivaylo Dichev wonders on the online portal Webcafé with the military confrontations in eastern Ukraine in mind: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 26. January 2015

Ukraine needs Dayton-style negotiations

Europe needs to fight for an agreement along the lines of the Dayton Accords to end the war in Ukraine, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica demands: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Monday, 26. January 2015

Kiev needs military victory

The Ukrainian port of Mariupol was bombarded by missiles from the areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists on Saturday. At least 30 civilians were killed in the attack. Russia's increasingly aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine can only be stopped with weapons, the web portal believes: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 26. January 2015

Europe's future depends on Ukraine, warn Bernard-Henri Lévy and George Soros

Russia poses a major threat to radical change in Ukraine, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and US investor George Soros warn in a joint commentary piece in the left-liberal daily El País, and call on the EU to act: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 23. January 2015

Kiev sacrificing democracy in Donbass

Ukrainian government troops withdrew from the airport in Donetsk on Thursday. Despite this significant defeat the Ukrainian leadership still seems to believe in a military solution in Donbass, the Tages-Anzeiger comments and warns of serious consequences: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 21. January 2015

Auschwitz commemoration without Putin bad idea

The Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take part in the commemorative ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. According to news reports he was not invited. This certainly won't do anything to warm up relations between Russia and the West, the daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 21. January 2015

Reinhard Veser calls for more grey tones in Ukraine debate

The German debate over the war in Ukraine is not distinguishing clearly enough between right and wrong, Reinhard Veser concludes in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 20. January 2015

Ukrainian military fighting for attention

The fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists over control of Donetsk Airport has escalated in recent days. Kiev is trying to get back into the international spotlight by intensifying the conflict, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse believes: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Monday, 19. January 2015

Ukraine needs money, not weapons

Fighting between separatists and the Ukrainian army escalated once more on the weekend. President Petro Poroshenko then announced uncompromising action against the rebels. The Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten calls for more economic aid for the country: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Friday, 16. January 2015

Too early to ease sanctions on Russia

The EU is willing to ease sanctions against Russia if President Putin helps end the crisis in eastern Ukraine, according to an article in the US business paper Wall Street Journal. The journalists quote an EU document. The news magazine Polska doesn't believe the report, which the US journalists claim is based on an internal EU document: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Ukraine needs help now, not tomorrow

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk tried to secure more financial support for his country in Berlin on Wednesday. The German government agreed to back 500 million euros in credit but also warned that the country must introduce reforms. The liberal business daily Handelsblatt recommends a lenient stance towards Ukraine: » more

Observador - Portugal | Tuesday, 6. January 2015

Sanctions against Russia should stay in place

French President François Hollande called on Monday for the sanctions against Russia over the war in eastern Ukraine to be lifted as soon as "progress" is made in settling the crisis. This would be interpreted as weakness on the part of the EU, José Milhazes writes on the liberal web portal Observador: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, 30. December 2014

No to discussions with Moscow

The military doctrine signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday is not as aggressive as expected but that's no cause for relief, the liberal daily Berlingske cautions: » more

Revista 22 - Romania | Monday, 29. December 2014

Russia seeks ideological confrontation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his people are generally united by a pact in which Putin ensures prosperity and in exchange the Russian people accept his autocratic regime, but with the annexation of Crimea and the sanctions imposed by the EU Putin has changed his course, the weekly paper Revista 22 notes: » more

Observador - Portugal | Wednesday, 17. December 2014

Putin with his back to the wall

Russian President Vladimir Putin's unreasonable attitude in the Ukraine conflict has been a huge mistake, the liberal online newspaper Observador comments: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Thursday, 18. December 2014

Global perspectives: Russians paying for Putin's disastrous policies

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference on Thursday that the fall in oil prices was mainly responsible for his country's financial crisis. The left-liberal daily The New York Times contradicts this view and urges him to radically change his course in economic and foreign policy: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 18. December 2014

Europe needs a stable Russia in the long term

The financial turmoil in Russia shouldn't be a source of satisfaction for anyone and demands countermeasures also from Europe, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny admonishes: » more

Les Echos - France | Wednesday, 17. December 2014

Russia and Europe share a common destiny

Only by improving its relations with the EU can Russia emerge from its current crisis, the liberal daily Les Echos comments: » more

Blog Adevărul - Romania | Thursday, 11. December 2014

Dangerous flashpoint in west Ukraine

Since December 6 armed rebels have occupied an administrative building in the Vinnytsia region in west-central Ukraine. The rebels have declared Alex Furman of the right-wing extremist Svoboda Party the new "governor of the region". Writing on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul Romanian political scientist Radu Carp sees this as an extremely dangerous development: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 10. December 2014

Putin fears his own people more than Nato

More than 60 prominent German signatories signed the open letter "Another war in Europe? Not in our name!" published in German media on Friday. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung questions the assumption on the part of the signatories that Russia fears encirclement by Nato: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 8. December 2014

Roberto Toscano calls for calm reaction to Putin

Europe and the West must act judiciously regarding Russia's president because they are partially to blame for his aggressive policies and rhetoric, political scientist Roberto Toscano warns in the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 5. December 2014

Putin is blocking Russia's modernisation

Putin lacks a vision for his country, the left-leaning daily taz writes commenting on his annual State of the Nation speech: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 5. December 2014

The incredible patriotism of the Russians

After Russian President Vladimir Putin's appearance in the Kremlin on Thursday it's once again difficult to understand how Russia ticks, the liberal business paper Hospodářské novin comments: » more


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