The Great Debate

Vladimir Putin is not planning annexation of Ukraine enclaves, but diplomacy is flailing

By Lucian Kim
May 29, 2015
A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground ‘Kuzminsky’ on the Russians side of the border with Ukraine, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Why Poland’s presidential election may shake up the European Union

By Ola Cichowlas
May 22, 2015
Polish President Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to media after casting votes in presidential election at polling station in Warsaw

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to the media after voting in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski / Agencja Gazeta

Germany finally seeing Vladimir Putin for who he really is

By Lucian Kim
March 9, 2015
Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire machine gun during military drill near Zhytomyr

Newly mobilized Ukrainian paratroopers fire a machine gun during a military drill near Zhytomyr, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

from Breakingviews:

Time for Greece’s Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve in debt battle

By Hugo Dixon
February 21, 2015

Greek PM Tsipras attends a cabinet meeting at the parliament building in Athens

Greek PM Tsipras attends a cabinet meeting at the parliament building in Athens, Feb 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Two crises and one hapless ‘savior’ in Europe

By John Lloyd
February 13, 2015
A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces "Desna" in the Chernihiv region

A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces “Desna” in the Chernihiv region, Feb. 13, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Signs of desperation in West’s latest moves to halt Ukraine crisis

By Lucian Kim
February 9, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine Feb. 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Chernyshev

On 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, little tolerance for ‘others’ in Germany

By Lars Fischer
January 27, 2015
Participants of a grass-roots anti-Muslim movement hold German flags during a demonstration in Berlin January 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschk

Participants of a grass-roots anti-Muslim movement hold German flags during a demonstration in Berlin January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschk

Likely victors in Greek election may pull nation out of eurozone

By John Kallianiotis
January 23, 2015
Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras waves at supporters during a campaign rally in central Athens

Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras during a campaign rally in central Athens, January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Germany’s anti-immigrant PEGIDA isn’t a Vladimir Putin plot. It’s scarier.

By Lucian Kim
January 14, 2015

Participants hold a banner during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden

Last week, when I attended my first rally in Dresden organized by PEGIDA, Germany’s mysterious “anti-Islamization” movement, I was reminded of the aggressive pro-Russian protests that tore apart eastern Ukraine a year ago. Thousands of demonstrators, who mostly refused to talk to the “lying press,” listened to fiery speeches railing against the country’s political class. Among the German flags present, I also spotted a few Russian ones, including a banner that was split diagonally, one half Russia’s tricolor, the other half Germany’s. A reporter and cameraman from the Gazprom-owned NTV channel were greeted with welcoming calls of “Vladimir! Vladimir!”

25 years after its fall, Vladimir Putin puts Berlin Wall’s lessons front and center

By Lucian Kim
November 7, 2014

East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced

On Nov. 9, Germans will celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most beautiful moments in their troubled history: the day that ordinary people, with ordinary aspirations, brought down the Berlin Wall. Not a shot was fired, not a drop of blood was shed, and in less than a year, divided Germany was reunited, paving the way for the reunification of a continent cut in two by the Cold War.