Why Annexing Crimea May Prove Costly For Russia -- Isa Soares, CNN
(CNN) -- Crimeans voted to break off from Ukraine and join Russia. Their vote represents the re-establishment of a historic cultural relationship.
But take away the emotional side of the Crimean referendum and reality hits home -- the economic challenges that are yet to knock on their door.
Crimea is entirely integrated into Ukraine's mainland economy and infrastructure.
The peninsula only produces one-tenth of the energy it consumes. Ninety percent of its water, 80% of its electricity, and roughly 65% of its gas come from the rest of Ukraine.
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Commentaries. Opinions, And Editorial
Why Russia may not be poised to roll into Ukraine after all -- Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor
Putin's not finished with Ukraine -- what Obama is missing as crisis continues -- Tetyana Shvachuk, FOX News
Ukraine prepares for war -- Alexander J. Motyl, CNN
Obama Has No Russia Policy -- Andrei Tsygankov, Moscow Times
Turkey elections: test of Erdogan’s rule? -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera
The Erdogan phenomenon and a desperate opposition -- Deutsche Welle
Turkey’s Erdogan Wins Big, Thinks Bigger -- Piotr Zalewski, Time
The many temper tantrums of Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan -- Terrence McCoy, Washington Post
Erdogan's election victory could be good news for Turkish democracy -- Mohammed Ayoob, The Guardian
Turkey's election may ironically have dealt a blow to democracy -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
An Afghan Afghanistan -- Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate
The Philippines Wants the U.N. to Step in On its Territorial Disputes with China -- David Stout, Time
8 Reasons Why India's Elections Really Matter to the World -- James Tapper, Global Post
Why France Has Given Up on Its Politicians -- Dan Hannan, Daily Telegraph
Scotland is already another country -- Ruth Wishart, The Guardian
John Kerry’s departure from reality -- Jackson Diehl, Washington Post