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Crimea Unrest

Economic Realities Can De-Escalate Ukraine Crisis

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

The consequences for both Europe and Russia would become significantly more dire if a complete breakdown in the dialogue on Ukraine were to lead to generalized trade and financial sanctions, including a disruption in Russian energy supplies to the West. Such an outcome would send Europe and Russia into recession and, most likely, reignite global financial instability

German Trade Group Says Sanctions Will Hurt Germany, Be Life-Threatening' To Russia

Posted 03.14.2014 | World

German trade group BGA says sanctions against Moscow will hit businesses here but might be life-threatening to the Russian economy. 2014 growth in Ger...

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.

Ukraine's Neo-Fascists Are Real And A Threat

Robert English | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Robert English

It's become popular to dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin as paranoid and out of touch with reality. But his denunciation of "neo-fascist extremists" within the movement that toppled the old Ukrainian government, and in the ranks of the new one, is worth heeding. The empowerment of extreme Ukrainian nationalists is no less a menace to the country's future than Putin's maneuvers in Crimea. These are odious people with a repugnant ideology.

Thanks to Bernard-Henri Lévy for Challenging a Defeatist Europe

Constantin Sigov | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Constantin Sigov

Against all of the defeatists united in their resignation to retreat before Putin, this European thinker has stepped up to the struggle for the deliverance of the new Ukraine. This man follows in the great tradition of fighters for freedom -- the Resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War, the Prague Spring, and the dissidence in the face of Soviet oppression and lies, among many others.

Europe's Ukrainian Test

Ana Palacio | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
Ana Palacio

"The West's uncertainty over Ukraine contrasts sharply with Russia's clear vision," Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio wrote in Project Syndicate. "Putin knows that a pro-Western, pro-NATO Ukraine would present a major obstacle to Russian dominance in Eurasia, potentially cutting off Russia's access to the Black Sea and, most important, providing a model to his opponents at home. His acts over the last days confirm that he is willing to play hardball, leveraging the discontent (real or provoked) of Ukraine's ethnic Russian population, particularly in Crimea, the home of Russia's Black Sea Fleet."

Putin's Kampf

Project Syndicate | CHARLES TANNOCK | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

Charles Tannock, member of the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament. BRUSSELS – Russia’s seizure of Crimea is the most naked ex...

Why Ukraine's Crimea Region Is A Bastion Of Resistance To New Rulers

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2014 | World

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Waving the Russian flag and chanting "Russia! Russia!", protesters in Crimea have become the last major bast...