A couple stands by pictures depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at an open-air political cartoons exhibition dedicated to the one-year anniversary of Crimea voting to leave Ukraine and join the Russian state in central Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Serebryako/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has said it will not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions ov(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin. “She risks conflict with an influential section of the German political, media and business elite which, since the start of the crisis, has portrayed President Vladimir Putin as a Russian bear with a thorn in its paw: someone who needs sympathy, not sanctions.” Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For eight years Angela Merkel’s political trademark has been cautious, incremental politics – even in the most dramatic moments of euro crisis.(...)

Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede as a flag of Crimea is seen during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Armed men seized regional government building in Ukraine’s Crimea today and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers, who urged Mo(...)

In October 1960 the visionary Russian witness and writer Vasily Grossman submitted the manuscript of what would become his monumental work, Life and F(...)

John F Kennedy showed grace under fire throughout his time in the White House

Popular culture often provides a good barometer of where reputation stands. John F Kennedy, it seems, is a case of mercury falling.In the recent NBC T(...)