The Big Read
July 11, 2011
Too Special A Friendship: Is Germany Questioning Russia's Embrace?
It's no secret Germany has one of Europe's closest relationships with Russia. Berlin is Moscow's largest customer for natural gas and its biggest trading partner in general. The close ties worry those who believe Russia is using its natural resources for political advantage as well as commercial profit, but there are signs the relationship might be changing.
October 26, 2009
Where's The Best Place To Live? Prosperity Index Offers A Few Surprises
What's your idea of the best place in which to live? Many people would probably answer that palm trees and a gleaming beach would be a good start to their idea of earthly paradise. But in real life, the country which scores best on a whole range of economic and quality-of-life issues is a good deal colder. It's Finland. That's what the 2009 Prosperity Index issued by the British-based think tank the Legatum Institute finds.
October 17, 2009
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Still Divides Europe
Seventy years after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the role the accord played in triggering World War II and dividing Europe remains the subject of intense debate. Opinion is split even among academics and politicians who agree throwing light on Soviet crimes is an essential part of healing Europe's historical wounds.
October 15, 2009
Unlikely Pirates: The 'Arctic Sea' Mystery's Estonia Link
The disappearance of a cargo ship in European waters last summer prompted international speculation about a secret Russian arms sale to the Middle East gone bad. Perhaps nowhere have the mystery's repercussions been felt more keenly than in Estonia, home of most of the men Moscow accuses of hijacking the vessel.