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With Ruble in Free Fall, the U.S. Pushes Putin to the Edge

A Russian collapse may have serious unintended consequences.

Germany Plays a Special Role in the Russia-West Drama

Tensions between Germany and Russia are on the rise, but Berlin maintains an important part in addressing the standoff between Moscow and the West.

Election workers count ballots at a polling station in Chisinau early on July 30, 2009. (VADIM DENISOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Moldova's Elections Could Be a Flash Point in the Russia-EU Standoff

Moldova's Nov. 30 parliamentary elections will bring political and cultural divisions to the fore as the country struggles to align more with the West.