Russia still profits from its oil and gas sectors – but the country’s economy has massive structural problems. There’s a lack of innovation and new technology. Putin’s economy needs to modernize if it’s to be a global player in the future.
The row over the Kuril islands has stopped Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to end World War II. Now, a high-level meeting between Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe could finally help break the impasse.
"The German economy rises and falls with China." Bankers are generally not known for their hyperbole, but the words of Jörg Krämer of Commerzbank, speak to a truth that appears increasingly evident.
Greeted by church bells, gun salutes and a puppy, Russia's Vladimir Putin arrived in Belgrade. The lavish event is seen as an attempt by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to boost his image after weeks of protests.
The secession of an Orthodox Church of Ukraine has drawn widespread criticism. But Patriarch Bartholomew I may have survived the onslaught, writes DW's Miodrag Soric.
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