By promoting anticorruption efforts in countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic, the US hopes to prevent Russia or others from 'hollowing out' young democracies by gaining undue influence.
Russia, like most countries, is struggling to balance public desire for privacy with the government's interest in monitoring potentially criminal activity. But the Kremlin's approach strikes observers as too heavy-handed.
A round-up of global commentary for the May 25, 2015, weekly magazine.
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.
At least seven soldiers were killed amid shelling overnight near rebel-held Donetsk. The flare-up comes as foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany meet in Berlin to address the violence.