February 2016

Preconditions for a Ukrainian-Turkish alliance

By Viktor Denisenko

Seemingly implausible alliances become possible in the ever-changing world. One could say that Ukraine and Turkey are neighbors, the Black Sea being the geographical connection point. Besides, both Ukraine and Turkey have already become “hostile” states in Russia’s political and public spheres. Thus, Kiev and Ankara might cooperate on the basis of the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” paradigm. Let us explore the possibility of bilateral relations between Turkey and Ukraine.

Germany’s Defense Budget Increase: Analytically Wrong but Politically Right

By Christian Mölling

This week, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that she wants to spend €130 billion ($140 billion) on defense equipment until 2030 — increasing the overall defense spending by €3-4 billion annually over the next 15 years. The bold announcement was actually the latest step in a longer-term plan by the German government to reverse the decline of the defense budget. But though the budget increase is analytically wrong, it is politically right.