How does Generation Putin see its president? He has tailored Russia's political system to his power needs. Opinion among the country's youth is divided: for some Putin represents security, for others the demise of democracy.
The Social Democrats only narrowly beat the far-right during the recent vote in Finland. The outcome is yet more proof of an alarming trend ahead of European Parliament elections next month, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
Presenting himself as a well-connected world leader ahead of Israeli elections, Netanyahu met with the Russian leader to discuss military operations over Syria. Russia also retrieved the body of a fallen Israeli soldier.
The far-right AfD insists on subverting the German government's official stance on Crimea. But experts say that has less to do with regional peace efforts than with the spread of populism in Germany.
While Angela Merkel met only with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, France's president also met his election rival. Merkel came under criticism for not meeting with the novice politician, who is tipped to win.
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