Regime Change in Russia

By David L. Phillips - President Biden said of Vladimir Putin, “This man cannot stay in power.” The comment was clumsy — yet correct. Russia will remain a pariah until Mr. Putin is removed as president.
US officials have tried to walk back Mr. Biden’s comment. They fear antagonizing Mr. Putin and undermining negotiations to end the war. In fact, their efforts have the unintended consequence of [...]

Ukraine’s Exodus in EU

By John J. Metzler - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a rising tsunami of refugees fleeing  their beleaguered homeland and heading for neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.  As the winds of war sweep across the Ukrainian steppe, this growing humanitarian wave of civilians, young and old with legions of children among them, have headed for safety.
More than [...]

EU Far Apart from Russia

By Ben Knight (DW) - BERLIN - Germany’s historic Russia policy, which has been focused on “special relationship” diplomacy and economic ties rather than confrontation, has been struck a blow by Russia’s escalation. What now for Berlin? And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has major consequences for Germany’s foreign policy.

Following Russia’s attack on Thursday morning, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took to [...]

Mercenaries in Ukraine

By Nemanja Rujević (DW) Berlin – Serbian fighters fight side by side with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. According to Belgrade, they’re not the only ones active in Ukraine, either.

An unruly beard, army fatigues and an automatic weapon are part of Bratislav Zivkovic’s image. The 39-year-old is the leader of the Serb Chetnik militia in [...]

Munich Security Conference

WebPublicPress (New York) – Delegates from across the world have gathered in Munich for the this 2022 year highest level traditional diplomatic forum. But, held this year in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis and Russia is not officially represented, DW (Duteshe Welle) reported quoting major news agencies.

The three-day Munich Security Conference (MSC) kicked off [...]

Weakest Link on Ukraine

By David L. Phillips – Vladimir Putin is fomenting a crisis in Ukraine to undermine Euro-Atlantic institutions and drive a wedge between the US and its allies. Germany is the crucial link. Historical, cultural, and economic relations with Russia make the new German coalition government, led by Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party, especially vulnerable [...]

Germany & Hate Speech

WebPublicaPress - Beginning in February, Germany is stepping up its efforts to combat hate speech on the internet, including a central monitor for hate crimes. But is it enough to stem the growing tide of online abuse? Read in this DW (Deutsche Welle) article.
Regina Nagel has learned that caution must be her guiding principle on the internet. [...]

A path to peace in Ukraine

By David L. Phillips - US-Russia relations are at a fork in the road. Down one path lies conciliation. Down the other lies confrontation. How the Ukraine crisis is resolved will shape the future of great-power politics for years to come.
Russia’s brinkmanship in Ukraine is a geopolitical power play, reminiscent of Soviet times. President Vladimir Putin [...]

Remembrance Day

WebPublicaPress (Berlin/New York) -Germany’s parliament has been remembering the victims of the Nazi regime who died in the Holocaust. Lawmakers heard the story of survivor Inge Auerbacher, who was deported to a camp in Czechoslovakia at the age of 7, DW (Deutsche Welle) has reported.

German lawmakers gathered in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, [...]

Russian Bear and Ukraine

By John J. Metzler - Russian tanks and mechanized infantry are churning dangerously close to Ukraine’s borders. Politicians are in overdrive trying to find new adjectives and soundbites to describe the combustable situation.  Diplomats throughout Europe and the USA are trying to stop the clock on what’s presumed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most recent military [...]

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