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Ukraine Crisis Has Pushed Germany to Center Stage

Josef Joffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Josef Joffe

Berlin could have blocked even such modest retaliation. But it did not. This new tack reflects - what? For one, Germany is no longer threatened by Soviet shock armies ensconced at the gates of Hamburg. Second, the Kremlin's gas weapon - Germany gets about 37 percent of its gas from Gazprom - has become a bit blunt. The EU's reserves are overflowing, and farther down the line beckons America's gas bonanza. Third, the Germans are watching the U.S., their old "security lender of the last resort," going into retraction mode. Hence, a fresh look at self-help.

Why the Crimean Conflict Is Not a New Cold War

Rick Noack | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Rick Noack

Firstly, and most importantly, the Crimean conflict is not about ideologies but rather about military strategy and economic influence. Secondly -- and more broadly -- the emergence of a new Cold War is nearly impossible in a globalized world.