It has been quite a year for Vladimir Putin, and a mark of shame to the West and the institutions of international law it thought it had created.
The latest news is that of an Estonian agent apparently kidnapped from Estonia and charged with espionage in Russia. The aggregate total of the number of people who believe Russia’s story can be found in Russia and fringe websites.
Azerbaijan is taking its turn as the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and is attempting to put its own stamp on the body’s policy and pronouncements.
What we are seeing today is a slow unwinding of the wildest aspirations of the European dream, of permanent peace on the Great European Plain, of brotherhood forged of ties of trade and culture and shared progress, hardened by weariness of war and conflict. Europe had its moment to seize those dreams, and failed.
For many reasons, Yulia Tymoshenko must not be Ukraine’s next president.
Today, Ukraine needs leadership who will sacrifice for a nation badly wounded by the last six weeks, not mere politicians looking for another photo opportunity.
Why is the EU hiding the “more and more strengthened” conclusion that the very people in power in Kyiv were behind the events that brought them to power?
While cast in the role of heroic martyr and freedom fighter, she has rallied millions to her cause. In power, she has been little different from the overwhelmingly male leaders against whom she has contrasted herself.
In any democracy worth its name, these men would be behind bars for using force to get them what democratic elections did not. Because they have powerful international backers, they are not.
Dealing in Eastern European finance is a fast way to learn that outside of a few countries, the advantages of European ties are ephemeral at best.