Articles on Russia

Putin's plan (Commentary)

Stefan Meister - 17 April 2014

Everything Putin is doing in Ukraine is intended to improve his bargaining position with the West.

The role of Russian gas in Ukraine (Commentary)

Chi-Kong Chyong - 16 April 2014

Russian gas has a profound effect on Ukraine's politics and economy.

European insecurity after Crimea (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 11 April 2014

The "express annexation" of Crimea has raised the issue of the continuing need for security guarantees in Europe.

Why Crimea matters (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 10 April 2014

The annexation of Crimea could begin the dissolution of the western-led international order

Russia, Europe, and the new international order (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 09 April 2014

The premise of an international order defined by the West and shared by the rest has been shown to be faulty.

Time for a strategic pause in EU - Russia relations? (Commentary)

Jana Kobzova - 08 May 2013

The time has come for the EU to rethink its relationship with its biggest neighbour. Instead of talking about strategic relations with Moscow, the EU should consider a strategic pause.


A sandcastle in the sun: Putin’s first year back in power (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 05 May 2013

Vladimir Putin may still be the most popular politician in Russia, but his system of government is showing certain signs of weakness one year after returning to power.


Will Russia pivot East or West? (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 28 January 2013

Russia-watchers have long been interested in her place on the international arena. Now, with China at the centre of the growing power game, the question is how Russia will seek to position herself in the Pacific Century.


Ten trends for 2013 (Commentary)

ECFR - 31 December 2012

2012 saw continuing crisis in the eurozone, growing Euroscepticism and populism in some corners of Europe, faltering transitions in Egypt and elsewhere, more violence in Syria, a new leadership in China, and both Putin II and Obama II. So what will 2013 hold?


Why Poland is the new France for Germany (Commentary)

Konstanty Gebert & Ulrike Guérot - 19 October 2012

Germany and Poland have become close political allies. The future of the European Union may be decided in Berlin and Warsaw. But has Poland replaced France as Germany's most trusted European partner?