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Minsk paving the way for peace?

A ceasefire has taken effect in eastern Ukraine in the wake of the crisis talks in Minsk. Will the conflicting parties use it to establish a lasting peace?

Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Tuesday, 24. March 2015

Putin denies Ukrainian nation

On the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Russians and Ukrainians belonged to 'one nation'. The statement sends shivers down the spine of political scientist Alvydas Medalinskas in the conservative daily Lietuvos žinios: » more

Blog Adevărul - Romania | Wednesday, 18. March 2015

EU democracy weaker than authoritarian Moscow

EU leaders meet today in Brussels to decide on the sanctions against Russia. The lack of consensus will once again prevent a strong stance vis-à-vis Moscow, Brussels correspondent Cristian Unteanu comments on the blog of the liberal-conservative daily Adevărul: » more

Novoe Vremja - Ukraine | Friday, 6. March 2015

Gerhard Gnauck on Germany's lack of understanding of Ukraine crisis

Germans can't understand the Ukrainians' fight against the pro-Russian separatists, writes German journalist Gerhard Gnauck on the Ukrainian web portal Novoe Vremja: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 2. March 2015

Gideon Rachman calls for action to contain Russia

The murder of regime critic Boris Nemtsov has highlighted yet again that the West needs a new approach to dealing with the Russian leadership, columnist Gideon Rachman observes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 27. February 2015

Mariupol will decide over war or peace

In a hearing before the US Senate on Thursday, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned of the possibility of an attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in the spring. It's there that the Minsk peace agreement will really prove its worth, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny believes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, 24. February 2015

Separatists keep West guessing

Kiev is accusing the pro-Russian separatists of continuing to fire at Ukrainian targets and on Monday retracted plans to withdraw heavy weapons for the time being. The West can't figure out what the separatists are up to, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad concludes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 24. February 2015

Ukraine will remain divided

With the Ukrainian army's withdrawal from Debaltseve the Minsk II agreement was violated just a few days after coming into effect. The division of Ukraine is now irreversible, the left-liberal daily Der Standard fears: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 20. February 2015

EU policing mission won't bring peace either

Following his army's withdrawal from Debaltseve Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wants to invite a UN-backed European policing mission to the country. But such a mission would be in vain, the left-leaning daily taz believes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 19. February 2015

Poroshenko wants UN mission in eastern Ukraine

After the retreat of Ukrainian troops from Debaltseve, President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday called for a UN mission in eastern Ukraine. The Minsk peace agreement ... » more

Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, 19. February 2015

Merkel overestimated her power in Ukraine conflict

German Chancellor Angela Merkel underestimated the importance of the US and Russia in the Ukraine conflict and overestimated her own, the left-liberal daily Delo suspects: » more

Super Express - Poland | Thursday, 19. February 2015

Debaltseve shows naivety of the West

The Western politicians' naivety is to blame for what has happened in Debaltseve since again and again they allow themselves to believe that Russia is a serious negotiating partner, Tomasz Walczak complains in the conservative daily Super Express: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Wednesday, 18. February 2015

Poroshenko must give up Donbass

Poroshenko announced last week that he wanted to impose martial law in case the ceasefire failed. But that's the wrong way to go, the news portal Spiegel Online warns: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 19. February 2015

Separatists may well not be satisfied

The taking of Debaltseve by pro-Russian separatists could be followed by further attacks on Ukrainian cities, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung warns: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 18. February 2015

A real chance for a lasting truce

The heavy fighting over Debaltseve in recent days could indicate that both sides assume the ceasefire will last, the left-liberal daily The Guardian believes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 18. February 2015

Putin remains in charge in eastern Ukraine

The pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine took most of the city of Debaltseve on Tuesday despite the ceasefire in effect since Sunday. Clearly Vladimir Putin continues to be in charge in the region, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments: » more

Novinar - Bulgaria | Monday, 16. February 2015

Kalin Tersijski on the lack of pacifist voices in the Ukraine conflict

The voices of those who want confrontation are dominating the debate over the Ukraine conflict, author Kalin Tersijski laments in the daily newspaper Novinar: » more

Moscow Times - Russia | Sunday, 15. February 2015

Global perspectives: EU must not show weakness after Minsk

The West must provide support for Kiev and adopt a firm stance with regard to Moscow after the conclusion of the Minsk agreement, the liberal daily The Moscow Times believes: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 17. February 2015

Europe shirks its responsibility

After the murder of the Coptic Christians in Libya French President François Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have called for a special meeting of the UN Security Council. Europe is leaving the stage to France, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino complains: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 17. February 2015

OSCE must be armed

Renewed fighting has broken out in eastern Ukraine despite the ceasefire that has been in effect since Sunday. The leaders of France, Ukraine and Germany called on Monday for free access for observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). However they face an almost impossible task, comments the liberal business paper Handelsblatt: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 13. February 2015

Minsk strengthens Europe's foreign policy

Europe is finally taking on the role of a global player, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes, and calls the talks in Minsk a success: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 12. February 2015

Russia benefits from ceasefire

The Minsk ceasefire mainly strengthens Russian President Vladimir Putin's position, the left-liberal daily Libération laments: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Friday, 13. February 2015

Putin gets what he wants again

The result of the Minsk peace talks is fragile and reminiscent of the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conservative daily Večernji List criticises: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Friday, 13. February 2015

All sides want peace

The results of the Minsk talks have far exceeded expectations as far as Bloomberg View correspondent Leonid Beršidskij is concerned. In a commentary piece for the liberal daily Sme he writes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 12. February 2015

Putin grants himself a tactical pause

The agreement reached at the Minsk summit won't stop the conflict in Ukraine because the Russian president's main objective remains the re-establishment of a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, the conservative daily fears: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 13. February 2015

Another frozen conflict

The Minsk agreement condemns Ukraine to the same scenario Russia has imposed on other countries in its vicinity, the daily Tages-Anzeiger criticises: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 12. February 2015

US must cede to European leadership

In view of the differences of opinion between Germany and the US over weapons deliveries to Ukraine it's time for a paradigm shift in relations between Europe and the EU, the weekly newspaper Die Zeit believes: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Global perspectives: Only arms deliveries to Kiev would stop Putin

At the Minsk crisis summit Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France have agreed on a ceasefire in Ukraine due to take effect on Sunday. Ultimately only arms supplies to Kiev may end the conflict, columnist Roger Cohen writes in the left-liberal daily The New York Times: » more

Die Achse des Guten - Germany | Tuesday, 10. February 2015

German government betraying European values

Instead of supporting Ukraine the German government has been doing all it can to avoid provoking Russian President Vladimir Putin's ire since the start of the crisis almost a year ago, Thomas Rietzschel complains in the Blog Achse des Guten: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Even Merkel's power has its limits

Angela Merkel is discovering the limits of her power in her struggle for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, the liberal-conservative Neuen Zürcher Zeitung writes and points to a decisive mistake in the German chancellor's negotiating strategy: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Minsk won't bring peace

The biggest obstacle to an agreement in Minsk is the fact that the inviolability of Europe's borders on which the East and West agreed in 1974 in the Helsinki Final Act has repeatedly been breached, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik criticises: » 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


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