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Is Vladimir Putin Losing His Grip?

Posted by hkarner - 20. Oktober 2017

Anders Åslund

Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. He is the author of Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It and, most recently, Europe’s Growth Challenge (with Simeon Djankov). He is currently writing a book on Russia’s crony capitalism.

In recent decades, as President Vladimir Putin has entrenched his authority, Russia has seemed to be moving backward socially and economically. But while the Kremlin knows that it must reverse this trajectory, genuine reform would be incompatible with the kleptocratic character of Putin’s regime.
MOSCOW – In 1984, just before Mikhail Gorbachev’s ascent to power, there was a sense in Moscow that the Soviet Union was petrified, and nothing could change. Then everything did change, exposing the extent of the transformation that had occurred beneath the surface. Today, a similar mood pervades Moscow, with President Vladimir Putin’s regime appearing stable, even unbreachable. But, as was the case back then, a closer look reveals a number of chinks in the armor.
In many ways, Russia has been moving backward in recent decades. In the 1990s, Russia was a freewheeling place, where virtually everything was allowed. Moscow had 20 daily newspapers, with views ranging from liberal to Stalinist. Today, Russian civil society is severely stifled, and to watch television in Moscow is to find 20 channels controlled by the Kremlin. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Are Illiberal Democrats Popular?

Posted by hkarner - 3. August 2017

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Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin behave like the best of buddies

Posted by hkarner - 29. Juli 2017

Date: 27-07-2017
Source: The Economist

But suspicion between Russia and China runs deep

ON JULY 21st three Chinese warships sailed into the Baltic Sea for China’s first war games in those waters with Russia’s fleet. The two powers wanted to send a message to America and to audiences at home: we are united in opposing the West’s domination, and we are not afraid to show off our muscle in NATO’s backyard. The war games were also intended to show how close the friendship between China and Russia has become—so much has changed since the days of bitter cold-war enmity that endured between them from the 1960s to the 1980s.

There has been an abundance of such symbolism in recent weeks. On his way to this month’s meeting in Germany of leaders from the G20 group of countries, China’s president, Xi Jinping, stopped off in Moscow. There his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, hung an elaborate medallion around his neck: the Order of St Andrew, Russia’s highest state award. At the G20 (where they are pictured), “only two leaders in the world exuded calm confidence,” Dmitry Kiselev, a cheerleader for the Kremlin, said on his television show in reference to Mr Putin and Mr Xi. “Russia is pivoting to the east. China is turning to the west—towards Russia,” he crowed. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Putin and Trump’s Tainted Love

Posted by hkarner - 7. Juli 2017

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The Macron Doctrine?

Posted by hkarner - 5. Juli 2017

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Reformpläne für Putin: Duell um Russlands Zukunft

Posted by hkarner - 5. Juni 2017

Date: 03-06-2017

Wie kann Russlands Wirtschaft den Rückstand zum Westen aufholen? Beim Internationalen Wirtschaftsforum in Sankt Petersburg streiten Experten über zwei Strategien. Wird Präsident Putin auf sie hören?

Der erste Tag der Konferenz gehört ganz ihm, dem treuesten Revolutionär des Kreml. Alexej Kudrin, 56, war ein Jahrzehnt lang Wladimir Putins Finanzminister. Im September 2011 ist er zurückgetreten, doch er ist immer ein „Teil des Teams“ geblieben, so hat es Putin einmal formuliert.

Österreichs Kanzler Christian Kern spricht in Sankt Petersburg, Indiens Premier Narendra Modi, Horst Seehofer war da, Sigmar Gabriel. Alexej Kudrin aber ist der eigentliche Star der Tagung: Er soll dort seine „Strategie 2035“ vorstellen, ein Paket liberaler Wirtschaftsreformen. Den Auftrag hat er von Putin persönlich bekommen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Trump, Putin and Erdogan unsettle the EU

Posted by hkarner - 27. Mai 2017

Date: 25-05-2017
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne

Liberal values and the rule of law meet capricious populism

THE mood is brighter in Europe these days. It has not, admittedly, taken much to lift the spirits: reckless extremists came second, not first, in elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France; economic growth has accelerated beyond a snail’s pace; and Brexit, though probably disastrous for Britain, may not be catastrophic for Europe. Still, even the return of normality is a relief for a continent that has spent the past few years battling crises.

But if Europeans have at last started to feel better about themselves, the world outside looks ever-more menacing. The cherished European values of liberalism and respect for human rights are being challenged by a cohort of unpredictable leaders who seem not to prize or understand them. This is unsettling for the European Union, a slow-moving club founded on reverence for the rule of law. For Europeans the shift is embodied in three presidents whose capricious impulses are shaping and constraining their foreign policy: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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France’s Emmanuel Macron Set to Clash With Rivals on World Stage

Posted by hkarner - 9. Mai 2017

Date: 08-05-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

French president-elect’s positions are at odds with U.S. leader Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, a consummate internationalist, heads into office primed for clashes with two nationalist rivals on the world stage: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

From climate change to the war in Syria, international trade and the conflict in Ukraine, Mr. Macron has staked out positions at times at odds with the two leaders and clashed at a distance with both on the campaign trail. Though he didn’t offer a formal endorsement during the French campaign, Mr. Trump had cheered on Mr. Macron’s vanquished rival, far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, calling her “strongest on borders” and “the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”

“[Mr. Trump] should have a little more humility,” Mr. Macron said in January, defending the European Union from the U.S. president’s criticisms. “Mr. Trump, never forget what you owe us, liberty, your existence. Mr. Trump look at your history, it’s that of Lafayette, it’s ours!” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Hannah Arendt contra Wladimir Putin

Posted by hkarner - 23. April 2017

von Gero Jenner, 23/4

Es ist wohl unserer Primatennatur geschuldet, dass große Gefühle so oft mit dem Triumph über Feinde verbunden sind. Die Ilias ist ein Heldengesang, wo mit höchstem Aufwand an dichterischer Inspiration die blutigsten Siege gefeiert werden. Kein Wunder also, dass der neue russische Zar seine Landsleute seinerseits auf die uralten Gefühle einschwört. Immer öfter hört man aus seinem Mund, wie heldenhaft das russische Volk sich gegen den Faschismus gewehrt und ihn schließlich überwunden habe. Endlose Paraden, endlose Beschwörungen. Man sieht es den Gesichtern der jungen Soldaten und steinalten Veteranen an, wie ihnen die Gänsehaut kommt, wenn sie an die glorreichen Tage denken …

Und natürlich lässt Putin die Gelegenheit nicht aus, den Westen anzuklagen, der es ganz offensichtlich in boshafter Absicht unterlässt, den Russen dafür zu danken, dass sie es waren, die den Sieg über Hitler und den Faschismus ermöglicht haben. Ohne die rote Armee wäre es den westlichen Mächten nie gelungen, Hitler zu überwunden. Die bei weitem größten Opfer seien schließlich auf ihrer Seite erbracht. Diese Wahrheit werde in der westlichen Propaganda, in den Medien und in Volksbefragungen beharrlich verschwiegen. Da könne man immer nur hören und lesen, dass der Sieg über die Pest des Faschismus dem Westen zu danken sei. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Protests Keep Putin Up at Night: The Fears of a Strongman

Posted by hkarner - 21. April 2017

Date: 20-04-2017
Source: www.foreignaffairs.com By Stephen Crowley

By all appearances, Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the height of his power. He currently enjoys domestic approval ratings of over 80 percent. He has sidelined, if not repressed, any serious political opposition. And by all accounts, he has full control over the Russian state apparatus, not least the so-called power ministries, such as the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior.

Despite his solid grip on power, Putin appeared alarmed when, at the end of March, Russian citizens in dozens of cities suddenly appeared in the streets to peacefully protest official corruption. The government responded by having as many as 1,000 of the protestors, including the leader of the opposition, Alexey Navalny, arrested. Why such concern by a political leader who appears to be so fully in control? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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