It was obvious from the start that the Minsk II agreement for eastern Ukraine would fail to reach its targets. As long as sanctions are in place, however, it serves a purpose.
Changing the dynamic between NATO and Russia will be essential to preserving European security.
Moscow has had an expensive makeover while the regime ossifies.
Seven ways that Moscow misunderstand the European Union.
What the Panama Papers have revealed about the Russian President’s rule.
The EU should maintain – and strengthen – sanctions on Russia.
A Russian and a Ukrainian historian discuss diverging views of a shared past.
Moscow’s warnings of a “new Cold War” are out of sync with today’s realities.
A KGB Christmas card has found its way to our offices.
Is the Russian-Iranian cooperation in Syria a marriage of convenience or the emergence of an alliance?
The EU needs to develop the capacity to respond to the Kremlin’s new soft power offensive both at home and abroad.
In the past 25 years, Russia has gone from being the defining member of the Eastern bloc to a European integration project, only to shift east once again – this time toward China. In which camp will it end up?
The peculiar ways President Vladimir Putin’s regime understands Russia’s past are feeding the current conflict with the West.
Don’t fall for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear grandstanding: economically, he has his back to the wall. The deployment of US troops and heavy weapons in Eastern Europe would only play into his hands.
No, the West has not (yet) lost Ukraine, and the fragile Minsk truce and Western sanctions on Moscow have not (yet) failed. But Vladimir Putin’s 19th-century fixation on national military greatness may yet spoil attempts to stabilize the situation.
When “polite people” do impolite things, they can redraw the map of Europe. After facilitating the annexation of Crimea, Russia’s “gentlemen soldiers” have become a national meme.