In the past, Russia was an empire, then a communist colossus, then a 'defeated' power expected to adopt Western ways. But current tensions with the West are fostering what may be the birth of a distinct Russian nationalism.
Talk of another independence referendum was given new life after the SNP's Scottish sweep last week. David Cameron met with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today about greater Scottish control of taxation and spending.
Poles have joined critics in Moscow and eastern Ukraine in opposing a new Ukrainian law that would grant World War II-era nationalists an honored status. The nationalists killed tens of thousands of Poles during the war.
The Kremlin may use the pomp and circumstance of the annual celebration to improve its own image. But the day is also dear to average Russians – who see Western leaders' decision to stay away as offensive.
More than 1,100 people – including 120 Americans – died when the British oceanliner Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland, 100 years ago today. The incident was a key event in eventually drawing the US into WWI.
Brits finally went to the polls today, after a long campaign marked by frustration with mainstream parties and growth on the fringe. But despite low public enthusiasm, this election could be a major turning point for the UK.
After five years of austerity, Britain's economic growth is twice the EU average, its budget deficits have been slashed, and its unemployment is the lowest in years. But David Cameron's reelection is nonetheless uncertain.