Andrei Kolesnikov asks why, despite Russia's economic travails, its president remains overwhelmingly popular at home.
When Vladimir Putin addressed the UN General Assembly on September 28, he sought to grab the world’s attention by upstaging US President Barack Obama with his call for a united front against the Islamic State. But he was also addressing Russians, whom he needs to distract from their country’s increasingly obvious economic woes. READ MORE
Carl Bildt sees in the refugee influx the old pattern whereby crises lead to further European unification.AftonbladetIBL/ZUMA Wire
European leaders have bitterly disagreed on the best way to handle the large numbers of refugees crossing the Mediterranean, once again sparking talk of crisis in the EU. And yet in today's disagreements could lie the roots of a stronger union. READ MORE