The Great Debate

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.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Will the European economy’s summer squalls turn into an autumn tempest?

By Anatole Kaletsky
October 3, 2014

Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) answers reporter's questions during his monthly news conference at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt

Following the grim market response to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s latest monetary policy pronouncements, Europe is approaching another make-or-break moment comparable to the crisis of 2012. The summer quarter ended this week, and financial markets delivered their judgment on just how bad things are, pushing the euro down to its lowest level since September 2012. Europe’s quarterly stock market performance was the worst since the nadir of the euro crisis. The question is whether the miserable summer will give way to a milder autumn. Or whether the summer squalls will turn into a catastrophic tempest.

NATO allies must work closely together, but do their missile defense systems?

By Francis Mahon
October 2, 2014

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Since few nations can go it alone militarily, alliances are now crucial for ensuring security. To mount a common defense, allies need weapon systems that can operate together. In military parlance, the ability to work with other systems and  share data with them as if they were one system is known as “interoperability.”