Germany has emerged as the surprise foreign policy leader in the European Union following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Its close economic and energy ties with Moscow have given it the chance to offer a negotiated way out of the conflict or face tougher sanctions. So far Russia has succeeded only in driving Ukraine closer to the West.

<i>The biggest geopolitical challenge facing the European Union and Germany since the end of the Cold War is Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The EU’s crisis-diplomacy has proved to be much better than many experts had expected and feared. But the biggest challenge lies ahead - whether a sustainable international settlement for Ukraine, and even sma...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Some of Ukraine’s population and the Crimean Tartars are leaving Crimea as their worst fears were confirmed by Russia’s third annexation of Crimea, despite President Putin’s reassurances
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