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Ukraine in the balance

Ukraine in the balance

Only the most gloomy pessimists think Russian President Vladimir Putin will launch a military invasion of Ukraine to bring it back into Moscow’s fold.
Martin Walker, UPI Editor Emeritus
A poisoned chalice in Paris

A poisoned chalice in Paris

PARIS, April 7 (UPI) -- There are three answers to the question: what should we expect from the new French government led by the former minister of the interior Manuel Valls.
Martin Walker
Under someone else's gun

Under someone else's gun

March 31 (UPI) -- Saturday President Obama had a phone call with Vladimir Putin. Sunday John Kerry turned his aircraft around and headed for Paris for talks with Sergei Lavrov.
Martin Walker, UPI Editor Emeritus

Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin as carnivore

BERLIN, March 12 (UPI) -- The unfolding Ukraine crisis has become a classic example of the complex nature of power in the modern age.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin's gamble

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin may think he's won the current battle of Ukraine but he's likely to lose the war.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Can the new Ukraine succeed?

Can the new Ukraine succeed?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- After the euphoria of a successful popular revolution, Ukraine's problems begin now. And they will be compounded by the competing tug of four great powers.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Is this a recovery yet?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Despite the temporary disruptions of an unusually harsh winter, the world's two biggest economic blocks are helping rather than hindering the global economy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The changing French alliance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's state visit to the United States this week (without any lady friend in tow) is being touted as a revival of America's oldest alliance. The trouble will be in the newest areas of commerce.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Ukraine's grim vacuum

Ukraine's grim vacuum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The verbal support given over the weekend by top United States and European officials to the embattled opposition in Ukraine has not greatly clarified the country's prospects.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The inequality craze

PARIS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the International Monetary Fund and this year's Davos meeting all agreed that rising inequality is one of the great issues of our time.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The real healthcare crisis

PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- At Davos in the Swiss Alps this week the bankers and thinkers and business leaders who constitute the amen corner of globalization will be addressing the implications of longevity and demographics.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin's sad record

PARIS, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Mikhail Gorbachev did not understand the old Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin did not understand the new Russia. Vladimir Putin understands both and has cold-bloodedly promoted the re-emergence of some of least savory features of each one.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Germans turn against EU

PARIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- In Brussels, the high priests of the great European project are telling themselves the worst is over. They are wrong; the real crisis is about to begin.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The bumpy year ahead

LONDON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The global economy is confounding the conventional wisdom of the past decade and the coming year will see a remarkable shift.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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