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War commemoration in times of crisis

Almost all Western politicians stayed away from the ceremonies marking the end of World War II in Moscow. The nationalist biker gang Night Wolves have set out on a "victory ride” from Moscow to Berlin. Is joint commemoration still possible in times of strife between Russia and the West?

Delfi - Lithuania | Monday, 11. May 2015

Nothing to celebrate on May 9

There's very little to celebrate on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the online portal Delfi complains: » more

La Croix - France | Saturday, 9. May 2015

War commemorations with a bitter aftertaste

Russia celebrated the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany on Sunday with a large military parade. The boycott by Europe's leading politicians is indicative of the deepening rift between Europe and Russia, the Catholic daily La Croix notes in alarm: » more

Delfi - Lithuania | Friday, 8. May 2015

Russian victory celebrations a growing threat

The celebrations marking the end of World War II in Russia are taking on an increasingly menacing aura, the liberal online portal Delfi observes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Friday, 8. May 2015

Boycotting war commemoration a big mistake

Many Western heads of state and government will not attend the ceremonies in Moscow on Saturday marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II. Due to the conflict in Ukraine, countries like the US, Britain and France will send their ambassadors instead. Snubbing a strategic partner of the West in this way is a grave mistake, essayist Hervé Juvin writes in the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Thursday, 7. May 2015

May 1945: Liberation and occupation for Eastern Europe

What did May 1945 mean for the Slovaks whose government had collaborated with Nazi Germany? the liberal daily Dennik N asks: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 6. May 2015

Gauck's tribute to Soviet soldiers a key gesture

In his speech marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on Wednesday, German President Joachim Gauck cited the suffering of the more than five million Soviet soldiers who were kept in German captivity. The public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk praises Gauck's speech: » more

Observador - Portugal | Friday, 1. May 2015

Russia's Night Wolves provoke EU

Sympathisers of the Russian bikers' club the Night Wolves crossed the German-Austrian border on Sunday. The club's members are still banned from entering the country. The online paper Observador understands why: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 4. May 2015

Honour Russian war victims despite Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will join Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay tribute to the millions of Soviet citizens who lost their lives in World War II on May 10. Such gestures are important and right despite the tensions with the Kremlin, the conservative daily Financial Times writes approvingly: » more

Moscow Times - Russia | Monday, 27. April 2015

Russia's war victims deserve tribute

In view of the refusal by most Western heads of state and government to attend the military parade in Moscow on May 9, other ways of commemorating the many Russians who died during World War II must be found, the liberal daily Moscow Times believes: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 28. April 2015

Better to let Night Wolves pass through

Germany's and Poland's refusal to let the Russian biker gang Night Wolves pass through their territory on its "triumphal procession" doesn't fit in with the image of a constitutional state, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau criticises: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Monday, 27. April 2015

Slovakia helped by Poland's Night Wolves ban

The "triumphal procession" of the Russian nationalist biker gang the Night Wolves from Moscow to Berlin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II has begun, but the bikers will have to plan in some detours. Poland has banned them from entering the country, meaning that the group won't be able to go through Slovakia either. The government in Slovakia should be relieved, the daily Dennik N explains: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 17. April 2015

Russian biker convoy should be banned

The Russian biker gang Night Wolves, whose leader is said to be a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, plans to head to Berlin via Poland in a convoy at the end of April. If Russia can ban Hollywood films, as it did this week with the film System, then Warsaw also has the right to prevent the bikers from entering the country, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes: » more


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