Russian aggression in Ukraine: Commentary from Europe and beyond

Some of the best commentary on the Russian military intervention in Ukraine is coming out of Europe, particularly Germany. Because Google and other search engines filter their results by language, country and your own previous search history, resulting in “The Filter Bubble” which may prevent you from seeing some of the best reporting and commentary, we will draw attention to particularly relevant articles from time to time.

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Putin has been acting like Hitler in the Sudetenland in 1938.

Regarding where we are now in the face of Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine, from which he doesn’t appear likely to back down soon, and what needs to be done to counter his aggressive policies, see:

Stefan Kornelius (Kommentar), “Putins Weltbild aus der Vergangenheit,” Süddeutsche Zeitung, 8. MÄRZ 2014 (9:27 Uhr).

Wer muss sich als nächstes vor Putins Landnahme fürchten? Die Ostukraine? Das Baltikum? Die Grenzregionen der Kasachen? Falls Russland nach dem illegitimen Referendum die Krim annektiert, muss das eine Sequenz unangenehmer Botschaften des Westens zur Folge haben. Putin, dem Mann des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, muss mit den Mitteln des 21. Jahrhunderts begegnet werden.

For a penetrating analysis of Russia’s strategy in the Middle East and how the Ukraine conflict could affect developments in the region, see

NORA MÜLLER, “Nahost wäre Schauplatz des neuen Kalten Kriegs,,” Die Zeit, 10. März 2014 (20:43 Uhr).

Die Krim-Krise könnte den Beginn einer neuen Ost-West-Konfrontation markieren. Schon ist die Rede vom zweiten Kalten Krieg. In Nahost gibt es schon erste Anzeichen dafür.

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