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SPOTLIGHT: WHY ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MATTERS NOW

As the country responsible for the Holocaust, Germany understands better than others the importance of acknowledging and atoning for the wrongs in your past. But today, German lawmakers will confront another country's historical crime, as a debate opens on a resolution that would officially qualify the 1915 mass deportations and killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.


As Deutsche Welle reports, passage of the resolution is sure to anger Turkey, which refuses to acknowledge the term "genocide." The timing could hardly be more sensitive. Germany is relying on Ankara to fulfill its part in a controversial deal to stem the influx of migrants into the European Union via Turkey. Leaders in Turkey have warned that a vote in favor would damage the "diplomatic, economic, business, political and military relations." Turkey's newly appointed prime minister, Binali Yildirim, said the vote "will amount to a real test of the friendship" between the two countries. Meanwhile Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Turkish immigrants and their offspring inside Germany, the country's largest minority, would view recognition of the Armenian genocide "like a punch in the face."


Many, including Deutsche Welle's editor, believe History should be left to historians — or at least to the incriminated country. But the issue here is also political. Chancellor Angela Merkel herself has come under heavy criticism for seeming to bow to Turkish pressure in the country's decision to prosecute a German comedian who insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. So perhaps the vote is also a way for Germany to stand up to an increasingly authoritarian Turkey. But just how strong would that message be? Merkel, despite expressing support for the resolution, will not be attending the vote.

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Analysts have closely followed whether Belarus, a loyal Kremlin ally, will invade its neighbor. But even though the Belarusian president toes the Kremlin line, he is unlikely to want to get in over his head in Ukraine.

At the Kremlin during the recent Collective Security Treaty Organization Summit meeting . Lukashenko is directly behind Putin.

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KYIV — For several months, Belarusian troops have been conducting regular training exercises, particularly in the regions bordering Ukraine. Combined with the specific statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, this raises logical fears about the direct involvement of the Belarusian army in the war.

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