Ukraine on the way to fall apart?

Donetsk regionOn Sunday, May 11 a referendum on independence was held by the separatists in the Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine - a next step in the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. That the referendum was held even though Russian President Vladimir Putin called for it to be suspended can also be a sign that the influence of Russia on the rebels is weakening. Is there still time for a peaceful solution?

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Free weekly #4: Freedom, bananas and Putin's CIA Wurst

Source: Instagram neymarjrIn this edition: freedom day, the Russian clamp down on freedom of expression, bananas and the stemfie.

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Ukraine on the brink of a (civil) war?

The tension between Ukraine and Russia heightens by the hour. The war of words can easily turn into a real war between both countries or a civil war in Ukraine.

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Ukraine and Crimea - A European answer on next steps

b2ap3_thumbnail_030314-online-crimea-for-phone-1-522x2932.jpgToday the G7 leaders will have a brief summit to discuss the situation at Crimea and in Ukraine. There are obvious differences between the U.S. and most European reactions so far. What would be a European approach to the current situation?

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The Crimea case and the Russia understanders in the Western democracies

It’s always surprising how many people in the Western democracies fall for the propaganda of totalitarian governments – and admire those countries while condemning their own governments for the shortcomings those have. They compare apples to oranges without seeing that they do so.

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