Latvia’s likely success in joining the eurozone flies in the face of almost every possible indicator — and it again comes back to Berlin, who wants a symbol of austerity’s success to use against Southern Europe.
That another member of Angela Merkel’s party — one with the foreign affairs and PACE credentials to carry significant weight — is willing to break with Ukraine’s harshest interlocutor and the head of his party is a telling sea change.
Led by an award-winning, formerly imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist, human rights activists, NGOs, and academics have come together to examine: What went wrong in Germany?
Ukraine was co-host of Euro 2012. None of the matches were likely to be as memorable as that played 70 years ago between teams from Ukraine, then under Nazi occupation, and a Germany military team.
Wars do not all arise from privation, but markets break and are overrun, and democracy never grows, where men and women starve or shiver in the cold. Baku is learning this lesson over time. Hopefully, Europe will as well.
West Berlin. June 12, 1987. President Ronald Reagan. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!